Villahermosa – Museo Regional de Antropología

Man in Hat

This figurine is from Western Mexico and dates from the Classic Period, 300BC to 900AD. It is very unusual as it lack any symbolism that we can decipher – is it even a man? – the feet are quite paw-like. He holds what looks like a book or folder and wearing a what looks like a barrel. The design of the hat means there is no visible face. With little discernable symbolism, the pot and its design are most likely entirely functional and designed for strength and ease of use. Whatever he holds, it probably indicates what the contents of the pot were used for.

© Robin Heyworth, 30th December 2001

Figurine of a Man wearing a hat from Western Mexico