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Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Michoacan, Pre-Classic Period, ca. 800 to 100 BCE. A tall terracotta figure standing behind a large and flat drum. Sinuous arms bend downward to pound the head of the percussion instrument, and rounded shoulders display several applied disc-shaped adornments; a thick neck supports a finely-detailed shell necklace. Bulbous earspools hang gently from elongated ears, with mouth and eyes formed from shallow indentations, and an ornate headdress with a hemispherical crest applique resting above a wide brow line. Faint red and black details are painted on a light-orange ground, giving this figure a gorgeous appearance characteristic of ancient Western Mexico! Size: 5.125" H (13 cm).

Provenance: private Ventura County, California USA collection

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Age-commensurate surface wear, fading to some pigmentation, small chips to headdress and base of drum, with light earthen deposits within recessed areas and mineral deposits throughout. An old inventory number "76715-92" is written in black ink atop a clear substance.

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Michoacan Pottery Drummer - Pre-Classic Period

Estimate $200 - $300Feb 26, 2018