Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Nayarit, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A finely modeled, red slipped female figure, bare chested but wearing a skirt adorned with painted white geometric patterns, a headband, shell-shaped earrings, a nose-ring, multiple armbands, and a painted white multi-strand beaded necklace with an applied drop pendant, standing with feet apart and hands placed over her abdominal region. She presents a characteristically elongated head with finely delineated facial details including large, coffee bean shaped eyes, a pronounced nose, and parted lips revealing a toothy grin. Her body is comprised of a wide torso with perky breasts and ample hips signifying her fertility, broad shoulders, tubular arms, sturdy legs, and individually delineated fingers and toes. Perhaps most intriguing are the remaining tattoo marks adorning her chest, back, arms, and legs! A wonderful example from the ancients of West Mexico! Size: 8" W x 12" H (20.3 cm x 30.5 cm)
Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection
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