Pre-Columbian, Ecuador, Valdivian culture, ca. 3500 BCE. A striking pottery figure with thin slits for eyes and mouth, an enormous coiffure/headdress, and a highly stylized body with elongated legs, no arms, breasts, and what appears to be a very abstract female genital area. This is an exceptional example of a type of artifact that is rarely found with its full body. Comes with custom stand. Size: 1.45" W x 6.55" H (3.7 cm x 16.6 cm)
The 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. Although most examples of figures like these are female, some have both male and female properties. What was their purpose? We really have no idea. However, we do know that these figures were found near hearths and food preparation areas, as well as in burials of important personages.
Provenance: Ex-Private AZ collection
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