Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Nayarit, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A pair of standing flat figures, both wearing striped shirts, one wearing a skirt with red and black stripes. Both stand with hands at their hips and legs slightly apart; they also have similar faces with huge noses. Clay figures like this one are the only remains that we have today of a sophisticated and unique culture in West Mexico -- they made no above-ground monuments or sculptures, at least that we know of, which is in strong contrast to developments elsewhere in ancient Mesoamerica. Instead, their tombs were their lasting works of art: skeletons arrayed radially with their feet positioned inward, and clay offerings, like these, placed alongside the walls facing inward, near the skulls. Size of largest: 4.2" W x 7" H (10.7 cm x 17.8 cm)
Provenance: Ex-Peter Arnovick collection, San Francisco, CA
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