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Large Zacatecas Pottery Seated Female

Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Zacatecas, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A vision of fertility, this large bichrome pottery female sits with hands placed upon her pronounced, most likely pregnant, belly, her full breasts equally pronounced above. She displays a characteristically wide torso and enlarged head, with an expressive visage comprised of openwork ovoid eyes and mouth as well as arched brows - all outlined with applied filets- as well as a protruding nose and pierced ears, ready for the suspension of ornaments. Size: 10.25" W x 15" H (26 cm x 38.1 cm)

Beyond this, her face and body are adorned with black and red geometric decoration; note the striations on her back and torso and the black abstract geometric motifs on her face, arms, and shoulders - these attractive markings intended to represent body paint or tattoos. A fabulous anthropomorphic vessel, with an open head forming the rim. Quite a beauty from the indigenous of Zacatecas.

Condition: Losses to rim and abrasions to elbow protrusions as shown. Possible repairs to legs. Expected surface wear commensurate with age. Tattoos are visible though less vivid than they once were. Impressive root marks and nice mineral deposits.

Provenance: Ex-Private , San Francisco, CA Collection; purportedly purchased from Butterfield & Butterfield June 1997

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