This two-faced head from a solid figurine was hand-modeled, with details added by filleting, punching, gouging, and incising the clay. The headdress or hairstyle features a fillet around the upper part of the head, with streamers of hair or adornment coming forward around the neck. The double face itself seems to have been appliquéd onto the head, and the incised features of the faces have similar expressions. Traces of red paint are found in the groove of the right hair strand and on the right side of the nose.
Benson, Elizabeth P. 1963 Handbook of the Robert Woods Bliss Collection of Pre-Columbian Art. Dumbarton Oaks, Trustees for Harvard University, Washington, D.C., p. 9, cat. 44.
Bliss, Robert Woods 1957 Pre-Columbian Art: The Robert Woods Bliss Collection. Text and Critical Analyses by S. K. Lothrop, Joy Mahler and William F. Foshag. Phaidon, New York. p. 233, cat. 2, pl. I, top center.
Bliss, Robert Woods 1959 Pre-Columbian Art: The Robert Woods Bliss Collection. 2nd ed. Text and Critical Analyses by S. K. Lothrop, Joy Mahler and William F. Foshag. Phaidon, London. p. 241, cat. 2, pl. I, top center.
Gift to Robert Woods Bliss by Mr. Samuel K. Lothrop, 1953.
Robert Woods Bliss Collection of Pre-Columbian Art, Washington, DC, 1953-1962.
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Pre-Columbian Collection, Washington, DC.