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Quimbaya Ceramic Slab Figure with 16KT Gold Nose Ring

Pre-Columbian, Quimbaya culture, Colombia, ca. 4th to 7th century CE. A charming, flat pottery figure with tubular arms and legs. It is seated with one arm raised and one to its knee, with a large "outie" belly button and finely rendered feet and toes. The face is a delight, upturned with slits for eyes and mouth and a prominent, bulbous nose with open nostrils. A crescent-shaped 16KT gold ring is through the nose. It has the remains of what looks like a painted shirt, or at least some color delineating the chest from the rest of the body. This fellow and ones like it are known as slab figures, and they were placed with burials in shaft and chamber tombs, perhaps as guardians or companions for the deceased. Size: 6.65" W x 8.7" H (16.9 cm x 22.1 cm)

Condition: One arm and leg have been repaired and reattached. Nice surface deposits. Nose ring has been reattached using modern materials.

Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection; ex collection of Mary K. F. Leong, Washington, USA, acquired from The Lands Beyond Gallery, New York, USA in the 1970s

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