Pre-Columbian, Ecuador, Chorrera culture, Late Formative Period, ca. 800 to 400 BCE. A hand-built, nicely burnished, and very large bi-chrome terracotta standing female figure boasting a characteristically voluminous form - nude with delineated breasts with pierced nipples, pubic triangle, and clitoris defining her female anatomy, short limbs with petite hands and feet and incised fingers and toes. An incised band or sash runs from shoulder to shoulder above her breasts. The broad head presents a tranquil visage comprised of closed eyes, a protruding pointy nose, parted lips, ears adorned with ornaments, and a rounded cap or cap-like coiffure embellished with modeled curvaceous motifs and red pigment. A wonderful example of ancient Chorrera artistry with a well-finished surface and a bold form, representing a culture that spanned from the desert to the sea but surprisingly had a fairly uniform artistic tradition! Large and desireable! Size: 6.55" W x 14.25" H (16.6 cm x 36.2 cm)
Provenance: ex-private Los Angeles, California, USA collection, acquired prior to 1980
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Professionally repaired and restored from multiple pieces, with resurfacing and overpainting along new material and break lines. Pitting and minor abrasions to head, body, and legs, with fading to areas of original pigment. Light earthen deposits and nice remains of original pigment throughout.