Vintage Mayan Medicine Man, Young Warrior, Mexican, Malachite, Copper, Abalone, Lapiz
Hammered and raised copper figures of a formidable medicine man or shaman – 13.5 ” high without the custom lucite base, and a young wounded warrior – 11” high without the base. The figures have tabs that show precisely how they relate if mounted on a wall or framed. There is no evidence of a larger composition.
Designed and inlaid with the artistry of the best of the Mexican jewellers. The ornaments and hair are held on to the bodies with small screws and nuts. This includes the enamelled hair. This method of assembly dates it to the first half of the 20th century.
Dimensions: Shaman 15” high x 11” wide (including lucite base), and 13.5 ” high without the custom lucite base.
The young warrior is 12.5” high x 10” wide with the lucite. 11” high without the base.
Date: 20th Century
Condition: Mellow copper patina – except in minor areas from handling. (How the heck no one ever polished them, even with good intentions, is beyond me. Hurrah for neglect! )The figures are mounted on lucite stands. One headdress swivels, needs tightening. The headdress of the warrior is missing a small inlay stone on the back of the headdress.
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