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Lot 129b, Auction 12/6/2018: Veracruz Ceramic Priestess - Prayerful Stance

Pre-Columbian, Mexico, Vera Cruz, ca. 400 to 700 CE. A mold-made pottery priestess with arms held out to sides and palms facing upwards, her face with rounded cheeks, slitted downturned eyes beneath finely arched brows, an aquiline nose, and an open mouth (suggesting prayer, singing, or chanting); wearing a wide headband, large openwork earspools, an elaborate beaded necklace, bracelets, and a sash around her waist, her textured coiffure and nipples highlighted by black bitumen, areas of red pigment remain. Liberal manganese. Size: 18.5" W x 17" H (47 cm x 43.2 cm)

Condition: A large fragment with losses to headdress, necklace beads, backs of earspools, and nose. Arms and one thumb reattached. Expected surface wear and pigment fading/loss commensurate with age. Liberal manganese.

Provenance: Ex-Harvey Collection, acquired prior to 1972

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