Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Colima, Protoclassic period, ca. 100 BCE to 250 CE. A wonderful matched pair of hand-built redware pottery 'flat' figures, so-called because of their thin bodies and minimalist limbs. The shorter male figure stands nude with protruding genitalia, ringed arms held at a downward angle, sloping shoulders, and a broad neck bedecked with a necklace. The taller female figure wears a striated skirt, similar arm bands, and a more-elaborate necklace. Both heads bear impressed coffee-bean-shaped eyes, a prominent nose, puffy lips, low-hanging ears, and round chins, the man showing a serpentine headwrap, and the female with a striated headwrap. A fabulous ensemble from ancient West Mexico! Size of largest (female): 4.1" W x 7.375" H (10.4 cm x 18.7 cm); 7.6" H (19.3 cm) on included custom stand.
For a few stylistically similar examples, please see: Kan, Michael, Clement Meighan, and H.B. Nicholson. "Sculpture of Ancient West Mexico: Nayarit, Jalisco, Colima | A Catalogue of the Proctor Stafford Collection at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art." Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1989, pp. 144-146, figs. 137-141.
Provenance: ex-private southern California, USA collection acquired before 1990
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Both figures have repairs to both arms, with resurfacing and overpainting along break lines. Minor nicks to legs, arms, and heads, with softening to some finer details, and light encrustations. Nice traces of original pigment throughout.