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Pre-Columbian, Ecuador, Jamacoaque, ca. 500 CE. A touching, hand-built terracotta maternal scene featuring a woman holding a baby in her arms across her lap, while another child in a carrier clings to her back, secured by a strap. The mother is elaborately decorated, wearing a prominent headdress/coiffure, ear and nose ornaments, the straps of her baby carrier crossing her chest, and a skirt. She sits upon a hemispheric, flat bench with a railing support. Two birds perch upon the arms of the bench, singing sweet songs to the familial gathering. Liberal remains of blue, red, and yellow pigment still grace the figure's bodies, garments, and accoutrements. Size: 5.125" W x 5.5" H (13 cm x 14 cm)

For similar examples, see "Pre-Columbian Art of South America" by Alan Lapiner and "Amerindian Signs, 5000 Years of Pre-Columbian Art in Ecuador" by Francisco Valdez.

Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection

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Expected surface wear, but much blue, red, and yellow pigment remains. Loss to tip of one bird's beak and feet of baby in carrier. Railing has been repaired in a few places. Stable crack to the mother's skirt.

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Jamacoaque Polychrome Maternal Effigy - Mother, Child

Estimate $1,200 - $1,800Mar 1, 2018
686 S. Taylor Avenue Suite 106
Louisville, CO 80027
United States
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