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OLMEC BROWNWARE EFFIGY VESSEL
LAS BOCAS, EARLY PRECLASSIC, CA. 1200-900 B.C.
The juvenile duck, a Northern Shoveller, represented at rest with small webbed feet jutting below, boldly incised wings folded close to the body, tail issuing from the back, crested head with raised eyes gazing ahead and the characteristic spoon bill carefully observed with the 'bean' at the tip boldly indicated and resting on the rounded chest.
The Northern Shoveller, of the Spatula clypeata species, is a winter visitor to many regions of Mexico including the Gulf coast and is characterized by its long, spoon-shaped bill.
The duck was a popular subject for effigy vessels probably due to the ease which waterfowl traveled between the realms of water and sky. These animal effigy sculptures were probably used in ceremonial events.