**Originally Listed At $200**
Pre-Columbian, Ecuador, Manabi Province, Bahia culture, ca. 5th to 1st century BCE. A large and expressive terracotta head depicting an elderly man with a flat and open base. He displays elongated ears with huge ear lobes, almond-shaped eyes, a triangular nose, and a parted mouth with slightly-rolled lips indicative of teeth loss. A broad forehead holds aloft a twelve-pronged headdress as well as an ovoid vent hole. A wonderful and rare example from this exceptional Ecuadoran culture! Size: 5.75" H (14.6 cm).
Provenance: ex-Adeon Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, USA, acquired prior to 1970
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Repairs and areas of restoration to top of head, front of face, and base. Age-commensurate surface wear, slight fading to facial features, small chips to base, headdress prongs, ear lobes, and peripheries, with nice mineral deposits throughout.