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Lot 0084E
Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Jalisco, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. Three lovely hand-built terracotta female figures, each with a red-orange-hued body with creamy white embellishments. Each figure displays expressive facial features such as protruding noses, pointed ears, coffee-bean-shaped eyes with painted pupils, and thin mouths - all characteristic of Jalisco "sheepface" depictions. A short standing figure has attenuated limbs, striped leggings and shoulder adornments, and a thick braided headband. A taller standing figure has a dot-form skirt, similarly-attenuated limbs, and a striped headband. Lastly, a seated figure wearing a skirt comprised of both solid and striped sections, is holding a small bowl in one upturned arm, and displays both vertically-striped and braided headbands comprised of red and white sections. A finely-executed ensemble of ancient figurative examples from the West Mexican Jalisco culture! Size of largest (seated): 5.375" H (13.7 cm).

Provenance: private Stagecoach, Nevada, USA collection; acquired from 1985 to present from galleries such as Arte Primitivo, Art For Eternity, Butterfields, and Riverbend Gallery

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Smaller standing figure repaired from a few large pieces, and larger standing figure has head reattached. All figures have age-commensurate surface wear, small chips to limbs and heads, with light earthen and nice mineral deposits throughout.

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Trio of Jalisco Pottery Sheepface Female Figures

Estimate $600 - $900Dec 20, 2017
Louisville, CO, USA