Pre-Columbian, Southern Mexico to Guatemala, Olmec, ca. 900 to 600 CE. A fantastic seated anthropomorphic figure, hand-built from pale-orange terracotta, with a pair of sinuous legs crossed in front. One arm rests on a bent knee, and the other is held just underneath a drooping chest. The expressive visage is comprised of slit-form eyes, a triangular nose, an open mouth, a pair of flared ears, and a wide brow; a grooved coiffure rests on top. The meaning behind this figure and what it represents is a mystery lost to the sands of time. Is it a figure of royal status? A deity? A memorial to a deceased ancestor? Whatever the case, this is a fabulous example from the storied Olmec culture! Size: 4.25" H (10.8 cm).
Provenance: private Andrade collection New York, New York, USA, acquired in the 1960s; ex-Knoedler & Company, New York, New York, USA
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Expected age-commensurate surface wear, small nicks to arms, face, and base, with light fire-clouding on base, arms, and head, otherwise intact and excellent. Light earthen and mineral deposits throughout.