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Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Jalisco, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A lovely duo of hand-built pottery figures, each with characteristic "Jalisco" visages comprised of conical noses, thin mouths, pointed ears with circular earspools, and petite eyes. A male figure sits upon one bent leg, with sinuous arms grasping the interior rim of a large bowl with an exterior striped motif. A female figure stands upon arched feet and attenuated legs and has globular breasts, a distended abdomen, shortened arms with accompanying arm bands, and a thick neck. Each figure displays white-painted details atop a red slip surface, with remnants of light orange coloration visible. Both figures exhibit extended foreheads with simplistic yet attractive headbands, making these a wondrous duo from this ancient shaft-tomb culture! Size of largest (female): 8.5" H (21.6 cm).
Provenance: private Stagecoach, Nevada, USA collection; acquired from 1985 to present from galleries such as Arte Primitivo, Art For Eternity, Butterfields, and Riverbend Gallery
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Male figure has light overpainting to area of bowl, and repair to head with minute losses along break line. Female repaired from several pieces with small losses, adhesive residue, minor resurfacing, and light overpainting along break lines. Both figures have age-commensurate surface wear, chips and nicks to limbs, heads, and bodies, fading to painted details, otherwise very good. Nice earthen and mineral deposits throughout.