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Cute West Mexican Colima Pottery Duck

Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Colima, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A finely built terracotta vessel in the form of an adorable duck, with an expressive form, of a substantive size, its surface of orange hues with black and grey smoke clouds and fabulous root and manganese marks. The potter of this duckie added wonderful details such as incised almond-shaped eyes, a peaked crest, contours demarcating the wings and chest, an arched neck, and an open beak. Listen closely, and you just might hear a quack or two. Iconographically in the Pre-Columbian world, ducks were viewed as sacred animals of the watery realm and the sky world as they could both dive deep under water and fly long distances through the air. Duck effigies of West Mexican shaft tomb cultures like the Colima represented species of the Anatidae family and probably acted as spirit guardians for the deceased. In addition, duck effigies were associated with fertility and rebirth. A very lively example of this symbolic form. Size: 6.75" L x 4.625" W x 6.25" H (17.1 cm x 11.7 cm x 15.9 cm)

Condition: Repaired with expected surface wear.

Provenance: Ex-Mitchell collection

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