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Lot 0089
**Originally Listed At $400**

Pre-Columbian, Valley of Mexico, Tlatilco, ca. 1200 to 600 BCE. A fascinating figure depicted in a rare pose - a woman, standing, wearing a belt, headdress, and spool-shaped earrings, her arms raised over her head and crossed. The taking of captives in war and / or raids was a common feature of ancient Mesoamerican life, and captives sometimes became human sacrifices in religious rituals. This figure may represent one such captive. The capture of a woman may have been particularly significant, because burial evidence suggests that women were the members of Tlatilco society who held ownership of a home. Tlatilco is known for its unique figurines, formed into dynamic, lifelike poses, found in great quantities in tombs. This culture was contemporary with the Olmec, but the artistic style is completely different, and is also not replicated by cultures that came after them. Size: 3.25" H (8.3 cm); 3.5" H (8.9 cm) on included custom stand.

Provenance: private New York, USA collection; ex Long Island, New York, USA collection

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One leg has a well done, almost impossible to see, repair. Very nice remaining detail and pigment.

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Tlatilco Bi-Chrome Flat Figure - Captive Female

Estimate $550 - $825Jul 30, 2018
Louisville, CO, USA