Pre-Columbian, Southern Mexico to Guatemala, Olmec, ca. 1200 to 600 BCE. A very large Olmec baby figure, sitting with characteristically 'fleshy' limbs extended - legs splayed apart and arms outstretched - that bit of extra body fat that we endearingly refer to as 'baby fat' interrupted by an openwork navel, and an elongated head with an expressive visage comprised of puffy cheeks, slanted eyes with perforated pupils, a protruding nose, and an open mouth revealing two sharp teeth, topped by a cap-like coiffure that is impressed with a rhythmic texture and adorned with red pigment. The skin shows remains of white pigment with some traces of red pigment here and there. A wonderful example displaying hallmark Olmec Baby facial features as well as a playful attitude and infantile pose. Size: 12.5" H (31.8 cm)
For an interesting article about Olmec baby figures see "Olmec Babies as Early Portraiture in the Americas" by James Doyle, Assistant Curator, Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, April 17, 2015 - https://www.metmuseum.org/blogs/now-at-the-met/2015/olmec-babies
This piece has been tested using thermoluminescence (TL) analysis and has been found to be ancient and of the period stated. A full report will accompany purchase.
Provenance: ex-private Hillard collection, Boulder, Colorado USA
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This piece has been repaired from multiple pieces with areas of restoration over the break lines. Note the head, right foot, left leg, and left arm have been reattached. Expected surface wear with pigment loss as shown. A few tiny drill holes from TL testing. Nice areas of mineral deposits.