Weekly Auctions of Exceptional Items
Log In
lots of lots
Lot 0254
Pre-Columbian, Ecuador, Bahia peoples, ca. 300 to 500 CE. This is a hollow, molded, incised ceramic votive figure, seated and with post-fire paint denoting clothing and facial features. The paint is in yellow (face), red (decorations), and black (clothing). The Bahia continued in the long Ecuadorian tradition of ceramic effigy making and may have been used in rituals or as offerings; one archaeological site, on La Plata Island, has yielded thousands of broken effigy figures similar to this one. Size: 3.25" L x 4.25" W x 5.5" H (8.3 cm x 10.8 cm x 14 cm)

Cf A. Lapiner, Pre Columbian Art of South America, 1976, Abrams no. 727 and Amerindian Signs, 5000 Years of Pre-Columbian Art in Ecuador by Valdez and Ventimilla, no. 51 , for a similar example.

Provenance: ex-private NYC collection

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.

Missing bowl atop right shoulder, but otherwise intact. Expected wear, with remaining paint.
Buyer's Premium
  • 22.5%

Ecuadorian Bahia Seated Effigy Figure

Estimate $300 - $450Jun 02, 2016
Starting Price $150
Shipping, Payment & Auction Policies
See Policy for Shipping
Ships fromBoulder County, CO, US

Artemis Gallery

Boulder County, CO, USA