Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Nayarit, Chinesco style, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. An intriguing redware olla with a concave base, a bulbous body with dozens of mold-formed ribs, a grooved shoulder, and an abstract, hand-built anthropomorphic spout. The spout resembles a tall stylized human head composed of slit coffee-bean-shaped eyes, a prominent nose with a petite ring, tall ears with several applied earrings, pursed lips, and a finely-incised coiffure draped down the back of the head. The figure's right arm holds aloft a miniscule bowl and the left arm, curved and held to the back of the head, doubles as the vessel's handle. The ribbed body resembles that of a gourd, suggesting it was likely used as a storage or serving container for food and drink. Painted red with scattered areas of manganese deposits, this is a strange yet enticing example from ancient West Mexico! Size: 6.25" W x 6.75" H (15.9 cm x 17.1 cm).
Provenance: ex-collection of the late Peter Arnovick, San Francisco, California, USA
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Vessel and figural elements repaired from multiple large pieces with some areas of restoration, resurfacing, overpainting, and light adhesive residue along break lines. Surface wear and abrasions commensurate with age, with small nicks to head, base, and arms, and fading to pigmentation and some finer details. Light earthen deposits within recessed areas, and scattered areas of nice mineral deposits.