Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Colima, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. Every once in a while we see a piece that reminds us that certain qualities of the human condition have existed throughout time, like this hand-built terracotta male figure. Everything about his head-holding gesture, slumped-over posture, and serious visage communicates a pensive and/or melancholy state that crosses temporal boundaries. Nude save an elaborate pectoral and shell-shaped ear ornaments, his emotive presence is what really strikes us - quite captivating. Size: 5.75" W x 7" H (14.6 cm x 17.8 cm)
Strong details including coffee-bean shaped eyes, long aquiline nose, and full coffee-bean shaped lips as well as incised fingers and toes. Nice remains of red slip and wonderful root marks.
Provenance: Ex-Private Smith collection, Atlanta, GA
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