Pre-Columbian Nayarit Shaft Tomb figure from West Mexico, ca. 100 B.C.E-250 C.E. Large San Sebastian warrior tomb figure wearing helmet with horns and holding a club in hand. Traces of paint on his face. Tip of both horns broken and with old restoration. Nice example!
cf. Kan, Meighan and Nicholson (1989:fig. 58a), for a highly similar figure that was part of a couple. While there are distinct local styles of warrior chiefs, the occurrence of "...warrior imagery. speaks of the importance of raiding and small-scale warfare, the rise of powerful chieftains and the importance of tomb sculptures in commemorating military ritual" (Townsend ed. 1998:112).