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**Originally Listed at $500**

Pre-Columbian, Veracruz Mexico, Napiloa, ca. 550-950 CE. Kaolin slipped molded pottery rattle depicting a standing priestess. Adorned with a fanciful hairstyle and necklace, she holds a small child on her right shoulder. Nopiloa was an important ceramic center of the Pre-Columbian world. Nopiloan art exists as a blend or cross between regular Vera Cruz and Mayan figures. Typically they are mold made figures that as have the look of Botero versions of Jaina figures. Relative to Jaina figures, those of Nopiloa are somewhat larger and have softer details. They are extremely thin-walled for their size, so their lightness is often surprising. Unlike the vivid El Faisan figures, they seldom have color other than occasional white or blue accents. This is a lovely example! Measures 7" H x 5" W.

Provenance: Ex-private California, USA collection

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Vera Cruz Napliloa Priestess with Child Rattle

Estimate $400 - $600Sep 25, 2017
686 S. Taylor Avenue Suite 106
Louisville, CO 80027
United States
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