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Lot 0023B
Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Nayarit, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. An emaciated, hunchbacked Chinesco-style redware mourning figure, detailed in burgundy- and cream-hued pigmentation, sitting in a dramatically hunched-over position with his spinal column and rib cage visible beneath his skin. His hands are placed upon upraised knees, his abstract visage comprised of closed, round eyes, a straight protruding nose adorned with a nose ring, a rounded chin, and petite cup-shaped ears, all delineated on a broad heart-shaped head with a cross-hatched coiffure. Size: 4.375" W x 7.5" H (11.1 cm x 19 cm).

In the Pre-Columbian world, hunchbacks were regarded as important figures as their deformities were interpreted as signs that these people were among the chosen few who were touched by the deities and could communicate with the celestial and ancestral realm. A dramatic and meaningful example from this shaft-tomb culture of West Mexico in marvelous condition with so many finely delineated details.

Provenance: private Pacific Palisades, California, USA collection; ex-private New Jersey, USA collection, collected in 1960s

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Repairs to front of face near forehead with light overpainting and resurfacing along break line. Head reattached, with some overpainting along break line as well as adhesive residue along break line and trailing down back. Expected age-commensurate surface wear, small chips to feet, base, and limbs, with light roughness on base and some fading to pigmentation, otherwise very good. Nice earthen and mineral deposits throughout.

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Rare Nayarit Chinesco Pottery Bichrome Seated Hunchback

Estimate $900 - $1,200Mar 1, 2018
Louisville, CO, USA