**First Time At Auction**
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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