Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Jalisco, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A sizeable hand-built terracotta figure seated upon crossed legs, with a flat back and a wide torso, all colored in a deep-red-orange hue. A cylindrical drum is placed at his feet and has a flat top, typically made from stretched animal hide, two circular tone holes, and white-painted linear and dot motifs. Two long arms stretch to hit the planar drum head; what is unusual is how each hand has six, rather than five, stylized fingers. His head showcases a prominent nose, pointed ears with circular earspools, a petite mouth, and a tall forehead with a curved and banded headdress, all characteristic of Jalisco "sheepface" figures. Details like a triangular chest covering, beaded necklace, and eye pupils are all painted in a creamy white pigment, making this figure an attractive demonstation of shaft-tomb pottery proficiency! Size: 8.5" H (21.6 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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Age-commensurate surface wear, light abrasions across all surfaces, with small chips to ears, forehead, nose, and surface pigmentation. Light overpainting in areas near torso and shoulders, with light earthen deposits and nice mineral deposits throughout.