Water Carrier, West Mexico

Water carrier (cargador)

Earthenware, reddish brown paint
18.25″ (46.4 cm) high
Protoclassic, 100 BC – AD 250

A large figure of a water carrier (cargador) with arms gracefully tapering and curving upward to adjust the tumpline on his forehead. Wearing a breech cloth, a shell pendant necklace and a crested cap, he stands on sturdy muscular legs, perfectly balancing the load on his back.

Ex. private collection, Iowa, ex. Sotheby’s Pre-Columbian Art, NY, November 23, 1992, Lot #140, ex. Hurst Gallery, Cambridge, MA.

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