Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Colima, Protoclassic Period, ca. 100 BCE to 250 CE. A fun redware pottery rattle in the form of a seated figure presenting a spherical body and a very long, attenuated neck that tapers to a petite head. Sitting high above his bulbous body, the curious figure's chinless visage exhibits a straight mouth, a pointed nose, and closed, coffee-bean shaped eyes. His coiffure is comprised of four striped ovals, perhaps representing feathers, arranged in a cross atop a hemispherical cap. His towering head is flanked by two sizable tab-shaped ears. His tubular arms rest on his belly as his flattened legs extend outwards in front of him. Rendered with attention to detail, his hands and feet are intricately incised with clearly delineated fingers and toes. His rotund body is filled with rattles, allowing this ancient toy to still produce music! Size: 2.25" in diameter x 9.75" H (5.7 cm x 24.8 cm)
Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection; ex-private T. Misenhimer collection, Beverly Hills, California, USA, collected from 1970 to 2008
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Repaired from several pieces with both legs, proper left arm, proper right hand, and some facial features having been reattached. Some light pitting to surface and char marks to back, all commensurate with age and use. Otherwise, excellent and functioning.