**First Time At Auction**
Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Jalisco, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A large, hand-built terracotta seated male coca-chewing figure (or coquero) with one lengthy leg wrapped underneath the other, sinuous arms connected to rounded shoulders, and delineated genitalia. A thick neck supports a large head with a rounded chin, prominent ears, a bulbous nose, almond-shaped eyes, and bulging cheeks indicative of being filled with masticated coca leaves. A domed forehead holds a red-and-white striped headband on top, and a central perforation hole is visible; this perforation hole was used during the firing process. Covered in a lustrous layer of deep-red pigment with small areas of darkened fire-clouding, this figure is a fine example of figural artistry from this ancient shaft-tomb culture! Size: 8.55" H (21.7 cm).
Provenance: private Chicago, Illinois, USA collection, acquired at Arte Primitivo Gallery, New York, New York, USA
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