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Group of 4 Colima Pottery Flutes
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Pre-Columbian, Western Mexico, Colima, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A marvelous group of four hand-built pottery flutes, each boasting a long, cylindrical form with a tapered mouthpiece. First, the longest is enveloped in a creamy peach-hued glaze and features a zoomorphic head for a mouthpiece, with large ears flanking the embouchure hole and an extended snout followed by two applied horizontal bands of clay. Four pitch or key holes are near the end of the instruments. The second, though smaller and enveloped in a shade of light red, displays a nearly identical form, but with three pitch holes. Showcasing a deep shade of burnt sienna beneath a lustrous burnish, the third flute exhibits a mouthpiece that curves upward and is fit with a black resin stopper. Its body is pierced with four blow holes and narrows towards the end where it then flares out in a lovely floral motif. Size of largest: 8.875" in diameter x 0.9" W (22.5 cm x 2.3 cm)

The last ancient instrument showcases a black surface adorned with six anthropomorphic faces and an incised zigzag design. Four annular key holes lay at the end of the piece.

Provenance: private Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA collection; ex-Dr. David Harner collection, Springdale, Arkansas, USA, acquired between the 1950s and 1960s; ex-Dr. Matrisciano, Malter Galleries Inc., Encino California, USA

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Display stands not described as included/custom in the item description are for photography purposes only and will not be included with the item upon shipping.

#163576
Condition
All are functional besides floral flute with stopper. Longest has chip to end. Second longest has had end repaired from several pieces with restoration over break lines and two chips to rim of end. Floral flute has three chips to flower and has been repaired from at least four pieces with break lines visible. All have some expected nicks, abrasions, and scratches, commensurate with age and use. Otherwise, very nice with lovely remaining pigments and rich earthen deposits throughout.
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Group of 4 Colima Pottery Flutes

Estimate $500 - $750
Jan 20, 2022
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Starting Price $250
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0224: Group of 4 Colima Pottery Flutes

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Est. $500 - $750Starting Price $250
Warehouse Finds | Ancient & Ethnographic Art
Jan 20, 2022 10:00 AM EST
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Pre-Columbian, Western Mexico, Colima, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A marvelous group of four hand-built pottery flutes, each boasting a long, cylindrical form with a tapered mouthpiece. First, the longest is enveloped in a creamy peach-hued glaze and features a zoomorphic head for a mouthpiece, with large ears flanking the embouchure hole and an extended snout followed by two applied horizontal bands of clay. Four pitch or key holes are near the end of the instruments. The second, though smaller and enveloped in a shade of light red, displays a nearly identical form, but with three pitch holes. Showcasing a deep shade of burnt sienna beneath a lustrous burnish, the third flute exhibits a mouthpiece that curves upward and is fit with a black resin stopper. Its body is pierced with four blow holes and narrows towards the end where it then flares out in a lovely floral motif. Size of largest: 8.875" in diameter x 0.9" W (22.5 cm x 2.3 cm)

The last ancient instrument showcases a black surface adorned with six anthropomorphic faces and an incised zigzag design. Four annular key holes lay at the end of the piece.

Provenance: private Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA collection; ex-Dr. David Harner collection, Springdale, Arkansas, USA, acquired between the 1950s and 1960s; ex-Dr. Matrisciano, Malter Galleries Inc., Encino California, USA

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.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to recent increases of shipments being seized by Australian & German customs (even for items with pre-UNESCO provenance), we will no longer ship most antiquities and ancient Chinese art to Australia & Germany. For categories of items that are acceptable to ship to Australia or Germany, please contact us directly or work with your local customs brokerage firm.

Display stands not described as included/custom in the item description are for photography purposes only and will not be included with the item upon shipping.

#163576
Condition
...
All are functional besides floral flute with stopper. Longest has chip to end. Second longest has had end repaired from several pieces with restoration over break lines and two chips to rim of end. Floral flute has three chips to flower and has been repaired from at least four pieces with break lines visible. All have some expected nicks, abrasions, and scratches, commensurate with age and use. Otherwise, very nice with lovely remaining pigments and rich earthen deposits throughout.

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