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Lot 0097
**Originally Listed At $400**

Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Nayarit, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A glossy, red-slipped ceramic figure of a hunchbacked male. He sits with his knees up and his arms leaning against his knees. He has small, almond-shaped eyes and a long, prominent nose. He is unclothed and has almost no decoration aside from painted hair and some white lines that may indicate a skirt and bracelets. Some scholars attribute the hunched back in West Mexican shaft tomb culture to a particular form of tuberculosis; his facial expression suggests a grimace of pain. Size: 2.3" W x 5.4" H (5.8 cm x 13.7 cm)

Figures like this one would have been placed into the tombs dug in shafts beneath Nayarit households where family members were periodically interred; archaeologists believe that they were placed around the edges of the tomb facing inward, as if in conversation with the dead.

Provenance: private Denver, Colorado, USA collection; ex Sidney Newman collection, Beverly Hills, California, USA, actively collected in 1960s to 1970s

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#130916

Condition

Intact, with some wear to pigment, especially around the head. Old collection number is written on the underside and there are some small adhesives on the feet.

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$300.00

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Fine Nayarit Chinesco Hunchback Seated Figure

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