Pre-Columbian, Mexico, Michoacan, ca. 100 BCE to 250 CE. A charming earthenware sculpture of a couple sitting on a low bench side by side. Both figures have loincloths covering their laps, and their feet are revealed below. Nude from waist up, the woman holds a small bowl with both hands below her large pendulous breasts and leans slightly toward the man. Her face and the man's are similarly rendered with open mouths, pointed noses, and ovoid eyes, and both wear circular earspools. The woman's headdress, adorned with two rounded peaks, falls to her shoulder. The man's head is topped by a headdress that juts slightly over his face, ending above his earrings. His chest is bare except for a 'beaded' necklace, the beads delinated with incised grooves. Perhaps the woman offers the bowl to the man as part of a ceremonial ritual, a popular theme in Michoacan sculptures. A tender rendering of this couple with expressive faces and details! Size: 4.25" L x 3.5" H (10.8 cm x 8.9 cm)
Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection; Ex. Albert J. and Monique Grant collection, New York City, New York USA, acquired 1950s
-1960s. Item # 1738
All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.
A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.
We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience.
Heads and man's legs reattached, bench repaired from four ancient pieces, man's arms restored. Fine details and light earthen encrustations.