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Lot 0048D
Pre-Columbian, Gulf Coast Mexico, Veracruz, ca. 3rd to 7th century CE. An adorable hand-built terracotta seated female "coast watcher" figure with her child holding onto her shoulder. She sits cross-legged with her arms resting on her knees, her large head displaying an entranced visage with a large headband atop her broad brow line. Light-orange and crimson-hued details adorn the mother's head, body, and legs, and both heads display black-hued embellishments made from chapapote, a bituminous pigment derived from petroleum-rich earthen deposits. Incised bicep designs, a large necklace, and hoop-shaped earspools make this a wonderful example from ancient Mesoamerica! Size: 5.25" H (13.3 cm).

Provenance: private Secaucus, New Jersey, USA collection

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Expected age-commensurate surface wear, small chips to arms, legs, and head, with fading to pigmentation and some details, otherwise intact and very good. Nice earthen and mineral deposits throughout. Old yellow inventory sticker on verso.

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Veracruz Pottery Coaster Watcher Mother w/ Child

Estimate $500 - $700Mar 1, 2018