Pre-Columbian Zapotec Mitlan Seated Figure w/Headdress and Jaguar Head Incensario VesselLabeled "Mitla Mexico moa" hand written on old paper label.Rare and quite delightful pottery incensario of heavy gray clay (Photos are more orangeish than the actual piece).A greyware effigy urn depicting a seated deity or lord donning an elaborate headdress, ear ornaments, hands resting on knees with a jaguar head in his lap.Presenting a mesmerizing visage comprised of strongly modeled facial features including partially opened eyes, a protruding nose, and parted lips revealing teeth. Behind is a single censer cup. Approx. 4" high x 3" wide x 2.75" deep.Mitla is the second-most important archeological site in the state of Oaxaca in Mexico, and the most important religious center of the Zapotec culture. Pre-Columbian, Zapotec culture, Mitla, MexicoVerified authentic by antiquities auctioneer (Tremont Auctioneers).Monte Alban, a city inhabited for over a thousand years before abandonment centuries before the arrival of the Spanish, was a regional power that dominated much of the modern day state of Oaxaca and interacted with other city states in Mesoamerica, like Teotihuacan to its north. Many cultures at this time were producing ceremonial incensarios (censers), but Monte Alban's in particular were often so anthropomorphized that from the front they are difficult to tell from figural sculpture. Figural censers have been excavated from Monte Alban's high status tombs, where they were most likely placed as offerings for the dead.We strive for your complete satisfaction.Please contact us if you have any questions prior to bidding or purchasing.International shipping costs and processing fees are higher. Please request an estimate before bidding.Buy and Consign is a large seller of furniture, antiques, home décor, vintage items, artwork, and things that are just plain cool. We are a hidden secret in Waltham, MA - please visit us if you are in the area.Thank you for your interest!