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Lot 188, Auction 5/30/2017: Colima Pottery Archaic Female Figure

$186.75
Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Colima, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A quintessential example of a Colima pottery 'gingerbread' female presenting a characteristically abstract body and rigid pose with out-turned, slightly bent legs, and hands held to sides with incised fingers. Nicely adorned with appliqued ear ornaments, turban headband with incised textile-inspired pattern, and 'beaded' pectoral - minimalist facial features including protruding nose and incised eyes and mouth. Custom stand. Size: 7.375" H (18.7 cm); 7.875" H (20 cm) on stand

An excellent example from the West Mexican shaft tomb tradition. Ceramic figurines such as this are among the most expressive and dramatic created in Mesoamerica. According to scholars of this tradition, such ceramic figures were the primary outlet for artistic expression of the shaft tomb cultures and there is little record of monumental architecture, stelae, or public art associated with these cultures. Nicely burnished surface with some mineral deposits.

Condition: Repaired from three pieces. Nice black dendrites and scattered mineral deposits on surface.

Provenance: Ex-private Poway, CA collection, acquired 1960s to 1970

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