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Lot 0113
Pre-Columbian, Ecuador, Valdivian culture, ca. 3500 BCE. A trio of reddish pottery heads with thin slits for eyes, brows, and mouths, and bulbous hair. These fired clay figures were produced, starting at the major Valdivian site of Real Alto, roughly five hundred years after similar ones were made in stone. Without the accompanying body, it is unclear if this particular example had a sex; although most examples are female, some have both male and female properties. These figures were found near hearths and food preparation areas, as well as in burials of important personages. Comes with a custom stand. Size of largest: 1.3" W x 2.3" H (3.3 cm x 5.8 cm)

Provenance: Ex-Private Minnesota collection

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All three heads have been separated from their bodies; one head has some damage to the top, and one has been repaired.

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Group of 3 Valdivian Pottery Venus Heads

Estimate $800 - $1,500Mar 2, 2017