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Ancient statue is wearing 'Star Wars' headdress

By T.K. Randall
January 16, 2021 · Comment icon 15 comments

Image Credit: Maria Eugenia Maldonado Vite / INAH
The 500-year-old statue of a woman unearthed in Mexico has a surprisingly familiar head ornamentation.
The unusual limestone statue, which was discovered in a citrus field in Hidalgo Amajac, Central Mexico, is thought to date back to the late Postclassic period and depicts a woman wearing an elaborate headdress not dissimilar to that worn by Ahsoka Tano - Anakin Skywalker's Jedi Padawan from the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated movie and TV series.

While any resemblance to the character is of course purely coincidental, the discovery is still of great significance to researchers at Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History.

According to excavation leader Maria Eugenia Maldonado Vite, the woman in the statue was "possibly a ruler, because of her posture and attire, rather than a deity." Her discovery "confirm[s] the active participation of ruling women in the Huastec social and political structure."
Interestingly, the statue's eyes and mouth are wide open, suggesting that they may have once contained obsidian or some other precious stones.

"The style of the young woman from Amajac is similar to representations of Huastec goddesses of the Earth and fertility, but with an external influence, possibly [the] Nahua, as can be seen in the inlaid eye socket - a feature that does not belong to Classical Huasteca sculpture," said Vite.

"In addition, the cloth that Huastec women present in front of the skirt is always smooth, and this one has an ornament of knots and ribbons on it."



Source: Live Science | Comments (15)




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Comment icon #6 Posted by Dreamer screamer 3 years ago
Hair coming down like that is very interesting.    Have to have a hard think about that.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Dreamer screamer 3 years ago
Why would they create something like that though??  Everything has meaning to it.  
Comment icon #8 Posted by Guyver 3 years ago
Ancient advertisement?
Comment icon #9 Posted by Dreamer screamer 3 years ago
  That is a great answer. 
Comment icon #10 Posted by Hammerclaw 3 years ago
Xochiquetzal, Goddess of Love.
Comment icon #11 Posted by godnodog 3 years ago
well my brain is malfunction again, I see no resemblances to  Ahsoka Tano. Queen Amidala I can see some 
Comment icon #12 Posted by Vox 3 years ago
I was hoping for a bit more nerdom.  I’m sadly disappointed.   Ashoka Tano is a Togruta, and those things on her head are ‘Lekku’ - fleshy appendages, not a headdress.   May the force be with you...
Comment icon #13 Posted by joshy 3 years ago
Thank you. I was about to post this myself.
Comment icon #14 Posted by stevemagegod 3 years ago
Time travel
Comment icon #15 Posted by woopypooky 3 years ago
Title:- Starwars Ahsoka Tano is wearing the mayan headdress.


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