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Jalisco Pottery Seated Hunchback Figure

Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Jalisco, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. An intriguing anthropomorphic figure, hollow-built from terracotta, depicting a seated figure with a severely hunched back. The figure sits with bent legs while grasping one knee with both hands, and petite shoulders trace inwards to a thick neck. The expressive visage is composed of coffee-bean-shaped eyes, a slightly-crooked nose, a rounded chin beneath puffy lips, and a tall forehead, all topped with a simple, red-painted head band which is knotted behind the head. The highly-burnished figure is covered with pale-orange slip and is a wondrous example of ancient shaft-tomb pottery! Size: 6.3" W x 10" H (16 cm x 25.4 cm).

Condition: Repairs to both arms, shoulders, and legs, with resurfacing and small chips along break lines. Minor nicks to legs, arms, body, and head, fading to original pigmentation, softening to some finer details, and light encrustations. Nice earthen deposits and light manganese blooms throughout.

Provenance: private southern California, USA collection, acquired in the 1970s to mid-1980s

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