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Lot 0085A
Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Jalisco, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A large and finely-detailed seated pottery male musician holding a large flute or ocarina with white-hued geometric motifs. He sits upon bent legs with stylized toes, has both arms bent to his lap, and holds the instrument in stylized fingers. He displays a dot-form sash over a thick abdomen, has miscellaneous painted circular embellishments on rounded shoulders, and a beaded necklace draped across his thick neck. The figure's visage displays characteristic sheepface qualities such as an angled nose, pointed ears with large earspools, a thin and amusing smile, and coffee-bean-shaped eyes. A thinly-striped headband with an upturned crest rests upon a tall forehead, and two circular roundels grace either lateral side of the headwear. Covered in a lustrous red pigment with creamy white details, this figure is an exceptional example of figural shaft-tomb pottery! Size: 8.625" H (21.9 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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Some fading to surface pigmentation, light earthen deposits within recessed areas, and beautiful mineral deposits throughout. Intact and very fine.

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Fine Jalisco Pottery Seated Sheepface Musician

Estimate $800 - $1,200Dec 20, 2017
Louisville, CO, USA