**Originally Listed At $300**
Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Jalisco, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. Two fine hand-built terracotta figures with characteristic Jalisco "sheepface" characteristics. Each figure exhibits such facial features as conical noses, coffee-bean-shaped eyes, perky ears with large earspools, thin mouths, and tall foreheads with thin headbands, one with a upturned crest. A female figure stands upon arched feet with stylized toes and has attenuated limbs, rounded shoulders, and a slightly protruding abdomen. A seated male figure has one leg resting atop the other, long sinuous arms with one bent to its mouth, stylized genitalia, and a thick neck. Both figures display white-painted embellishments like beaded necklaces and dotted garments atop a lustrous red ground, and both are wonderful figural examples from this ancient shaft-tomb culture! Size of tallest (standing): 4.1" H (10.4 cm).
Provenance: private Stagecoach, Nevada, USA collection; acquired from 1985 to present from galleries such as Arte Primitivo, Art For Eternity, Butterfields, and Riverbend Gallery
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Seated figure has one arm reattached, and standing figure repaired from several pieces. Both items have age-commensurate surface wear, hairline cracks and small losses to red-painted ground, fading to white-painted details, light earthen deposits within recessed details, and nice mineral deposits throughout.