The Proctor Stafford Collection, purchased with funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. Allan C. Balch.
Kan, Michael, Meighan, Clement, Nicholson, H.B. and Rexford Stead. Sculpture of Ancient West Mexico: Nayarit, Jalisco, Colima. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1970.
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Figures wearing conical or horned headdresses, in this case held in place by a chin-strap, may have been shamans or rulers. Additional indicators of this figure’s power are his weapon and his seated pose, which is the most common visual metaphor for rulership in Mesoamerica.