Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Nayarit, Protoclassic Period, ca. 100 BCE to 250 CE. A hand-built and highly-burnished pottery figure standing atop broad, arched feet and wearing an ankle-length skirt decorated with red-orange linear motifs. Attenuated arms are held to wide hips, and broad shoulders taper to form the wide neck. The head consists of a bulbous, ring-adorned nose, tab-shaped ears, and a tall forehead wrapped with a simple headdress. Layers of red-orange and black pigment are visible across the composition. Size: 3.9" W x 6.8" H (9.9 cm x 17.3 cm).
Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection; ex-private lifetime collection of Dr. Saul Tuttman and Dr. Gregory Siskind, New York, New York, USA
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Repaired from multiple large pieces, with light resurfacing and overpainting along break lines. Minor abrasions to legs, body, arms, and head, with fading to original pigmentation, and light encrustations. Nice earthen deposits throughout, and nice craquelure to areas of pigment.