APPARTENANT A DIVERS AMATEURS
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VERACRUZ BED FIGURE
LATE CLASSIC, CA. A.D. 550-950
The recumbent male figure lying on a bed with tall legs, possibly awaiting a preparation of hallucinogens, his face in an expression of ecstasy, adorned with a "repoussé" sash jewellery and rectangular headdress, with extensive traces of red pigment; containing rattles within.
Adult figures strapped on beds appear in Late Classic phase of Veracruz sculpture. Various interpretations of this subject have been presented. One suggestion is that a pulque ceremony is being conducted. According to this hypothesis, the prone male lies on a platform with his legs raised to accomodate the pulque enema. Another view is that the scene depicts a shamanastic "curing" ritual.