Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Colima, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A touching portrayal of a woman and child, the seated female, likely the child's mother, cradling the little one in her right arm as the infant reaches out for her breast. The mother and child are skillfully modeled and decorated with many applied ornaments. The mother is presented with shoulder pellets and wearing a necklace, large ear spools, and an interesting head wrap with incised texturing to represent woven textile that comes to an upward twist in the front. The child is shown wearing painted black and white bracelets, ear ornaments as well as a decorative head wrap that though simpler than the woman's is somewhat similar. A tender depiction of Pre-Columbian motherhood. Size: 3.5" W x 4.25" H (8.9 cm x 10.8 cm)
Provenance: private Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA collection; ex-Dr. David Harner collection, Springdale, Arkansas, USA, acquired between the 1950s and 1960s
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Head of mother reattached at neck, with small chips and light adhesive residue along break lines. Minor fading to pigment and light encrustations. Great preservation to figural form.