Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Jalisco, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A seated male figure presenting a pose that brings to mind the popular image of 'the thinker' (pensador in Spanish) and an emaciated body with a delineated spine. Nude except for his elaborate ear ornaments and a headband, he projects a pensive and somewhat melancholy expression with those half-closed coffee bean eyes which may indicate a trance-like or deceased state given the death bubble protruding from his lips. Figure is painted with red on buff striations and details. Size: 6" W x 9.75" H (15.2 cm x 24.8 cm)
For comparable types, please see Kan, Meighan, Nicholson, "Sculpture of Ancient West Mexico, Nayarit, Jalisco, Colima: The Proctor Stafford Collection,"p. 120, Cat. No. 88, LACMA, Los Angeles, 1970 & 1989. See also, Von Winning, H., "The Shaft Tomb Figures of West Mexico," Figs. 147-149, Southwest Museum, Los Angeles, 1974.
Provenance: Ex-Triffo Collection, acquired in the 1970s
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