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Lot 0093
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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Expected surface wear with areas of abrasion and pigment loss commensurate with age. Small old nick to underside. Nice root marks and areas of encrustation. Two felt strips affixed to base.

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Emotive Colima Pottery Seated Flat

Estimate $900 - $1,400Feb 9, 2017