Mexican's were/are fond of using anthropomorphic ceramic shapes
which your 'terracotta heads' sound like.  They are also fond of
masks - which may have something to do with ceremonies related to
the dead (but I may be wrong on the latter...grey cells not working at

    Ceramic traditions/shapes changed little over many centuries though
the newer versions have always struck me as less well made when compared
to the material displayed in their anthropology museum in Mexico.

    If you can use a digital camera to get it into your computer you might
get more qualified responses.

     Hope this helps.


On 4/18/01 8:44 AM Mike Heyworth writes:

>From: BGT [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
>Sent: 12 April 2001 11:38
>I have come into possession (by way of a deceased man and a broken
>flowerpot - don't ask) of a small collection of unprovenanced South
>American/Mexican artefacts. All I know about them is that there are likely
>to have been obtained around the time of World War Two.
>The collection includes some small terracotta heads, what look like
>terracotta frieze stamps, a carved 'rattle', a mask and a quantity of
>obsidian blades.
>I do not know whether they are genuine artefacts or 'tourist' stuff and have
>failed dismally to get them identified despite having tried the
>Ethnographers Group and the (unhelpful) British Museum.
>Is there anyone within a reasonable distance of Buckinghamshire who might be
>able to help or can offer some useful suggestions?
>Towse Harrison
>Co-Leader Chiltern Young Archaeologists Club

Beatrice Hopkinson 73071,327@compuserve