Pre-Columbian Pottery Laughing Veracruz Figure - 550 AD. Pre-Columbian pottery laughing figure from the collection of Stanley Joseph Seeger (1930 - 2011). From Veracruz, Mexico, dating to 550 - 950 AD. The art of ancient Mexico seems to belong to a world apart, and the enigmatic Smiling Figures of Veracruz are no exception. Some believe they can be read as expressions of Mesoamerican humour, possibly associated with a god of joy and dance, but there are hints of a more sinister meaning. It is possible these figures may relate to a cult of pulque, an intoxicating drink created from the fermented sap of the maguey plant, drunk by priests and victims prior to sacrifice. Whatever its origin, the emotion expressed in these figures is intense, even animalistic.
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