Pre-Columbian, South America, Argentina, La Aguada/Aquada culture, ca. 1000 CE. A lovely smoking pipe carved from a rich, taupe stone depicting a human figure, perhaps a pregnant woman, standing atop fused legs and a narrow cylindrical mouthpiece. The expectant woman is adorned with incised crosshatch and "v" shaped motifs over her legs. Her arms are held flush against her waist with hands and incised fingers meeting beneath her ample bosom, and her womb doubles as the concave bowl/receptacle. Her visage is delineated with shallow eyes, and a trapezoidal nose, all topped by a tiered headdress or coiffure that also serves as the thumb rest of the pipe. A wonderful example from the Aguada peoples. Size: 1.4" W x 10.75" H (3.6 cm x 27.3 cm); 11.625" H (29.5 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection; ex-private Bettina Schwimmer collection, Chicago, Illinois, USA, collected from 1955 to 2006
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Repaired from three large pieces across midsection, with resurfacing and light adhesive residue along break lines. Light nicks and abrasions to stem, receptacle rim, and figural handle, with softening to some finer details. Nice surface smoothness throughout.