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The ear of corn is a representation of the virile member pierced by a cord in an act of ritual bleeding (cf. Also see MFVW 274 for another human figure holding a blood letting cord in his hand.This piece is almost like one that is at the Ethnographic Museum in Berlin, Germany (EMB 28354).
Tomb 104 was excavated by Caso in 1937 and dated IIIA-IIIB.Call No.: MS Thr 416Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University Creator: Jeffry, Alix.Title: Alix Jeffry photographs, Date(s): 1952-1974. Quantity: 1 collection (Circa 60,400 negatives, prints, and slides; (8 file cabinet drawers)Quantity: Extent is approximate.At the beginning of the 1950s, the piece went to Machilda Armilia Van Rijn and then, in 1964, it was acquired by Dolores Olmedo Patiño (personal communication with Patricia Van Rijn, 1999).For a similar Etla style of this period compare it with MDO 32 and MFR 12619.