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Superb Colima Pottery Seated Female Figure

Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Colima, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. An outstanding hand-built and finely modeled redware seated female holding a bowl atop her right shoulder and her right hand to her cheek - perhaps a Colima version of "The Thinker". Though her breasts are revealed, he does wear a meticulously detailed skirt - incised with numerous bands of cross-hatched and striated motifs. Her visage is one of solemn contemplation or prayer - with almond-shaped eyes, a noble aquiline nose, and pursed lips. In addition to her skirt, she wears a cap-like headdress or coiffure and has pierced ears that likely once held ornaments. The lustrous red surface is also graced by mineral deposits and burnishing marks. One area of manganese to the side of her nose almost resembles a tattoo mark. Atop her head the vessel forms an open spout, presumably for pouring libations during ceremonial rituals. Size: 8.375" W x 10.375" H (21.3 cm x 26.4 cm)

Condition: Minor chips to peripheries of feet. Otherwise intact and presenting a lustrous redware finish that is further embellished with manganese deposits and burnishing marks.

Provenance: ex-private Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA collection

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