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Colima Redware Seated Figure of a Child Shaman

Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Colima, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A burnished redware pottery seated figure, probably depicting a shaman given its horned helmet, yet presenting a child-like countenance and pose - appearing to suck his left thumb and gripping a small object, perhaps a snack or rattle in his right hand, sitting with feet turned in like a child. The visage with its wide open eyes, playfully sticking out pierced ears, and quizzical look as well as the bib-like, sleeveless shirt further support that juvenile sensibility. This piece, with the open spout emerging from the helmet, was most likely used to pour ritualistic libations. What's more it exemplifies the sculptural style of the Colima with its smooth forms and warm red hues, its intricate posture, gestures, and facial expression, quite distinct from those of the neighboring Jalisco and Nayarit cultures. Size: 5.75" W x 9.5" H (14.6 cm x 24.1 cm)

Condition: Expected surface wear with some scratches, abrasions, and pigment losses as shown. Nice manganese deposits.

Provenance: private Mitchell collection, Santa Barbara, California, USA

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