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Rare Colima Pottery Vessel - Hut Form

Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Colima, ca. 200 BCE to 200 CE. An unusual terracotta vessel, modeled to represent a vernacular architectural structure of the ancient Colima culture comprised of a central hemispherical form that is finely incised with diagonally overlapping bands of cross-hatch patterns. Flanking this are twin ovoid openings, each with a pair of petite, pointy phytomorphic forms, perhaps cactii or shrubs, emerging from the rims. A very rare piece in that it depicts a shelter of this Pre-Columbian culture, offering a rare glimpse onto the way the indigenous of this region lived. Size: 11.75" L x 4.75" W x 3.5" H (29.8 cm x 12.1 cm x 8.9 cm)

Condition: Appears intact and excellent but one of the knobbed appendages has been reattached and one spout has been repaired. Lovely manganese and calcium-derived mineral deposits across the surface.

Provenance: Ex - Private W. S. collection, Los Angeles, CA

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