Pre-Columbian, Maya Territories, Proto-Maya, Pre-Classic period, ca. 1000 BCE. Carved from stone of taupe-grey hues with white inclusions, a seated voluptuous female fertility figure with her legs crossed and well-modeled curves. Her visage is nicely delineated with incised almond-shaped eyes, a relatively naturalistic nose, and a gentle smile - her hair pulled back to a low bun/chignon. Given the focus on her bosom and ample derriere - as well as the fact that she appears to be holding her breasts - this is likely a very early Mother Goddess or fertility figure from the ancients of the Americas. Size: 6" W x 6.25" H (15.2 cm x 15.9 cm)
Provenance: private Ketelsen collection, Laguna, New Mexico, USA, acquired in 2005
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Old nicks to top of head, underside of base, and high-pointed areas. Expected surface wear with some softening to details, but overall very well preserved. Amazing deposits in hues of chocolate brown, white, and rose. Quite special and rare.