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
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