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Human figure

U.S.A.

Moundbuilders, Mississippian Culture

Carved wood
H: 11 in. – 28 cm

Archaic period
10th – 15th century

Ex collection George Terasaki, New York

Published: The American Dream, 2015
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Ancient Moundbuilders cultures developed in the western half of the United States during a period stretching over more than 5,000 years. They gradually disappeared around the 16th century, following the arrival of Europeans. Although they encompassed different cultures, the Moundbuilders are generally considered to be the ancestors of present-day Native American peoples.
Their mounds – the largest of which were over 1,000 ft. (300 meters) high – were elements of funerary architecture. Functional objects (tools, ornamental elements, pipes) were found in these tombs, as well as votive sculptures of an astonishing modernity.
The human figure presented here is characteristic of the Mississippian culture (900-1450 A.D.)
This exceedingly rare wooden sculpture, recalling in some ways Pre-Columbian art or Roman art, possesses great interiority and mystery.
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