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Pre-Columbian, Valley of Mexico, Tlatilco, ca. early 1st millennium BCE. A tall hollow-cast terracotta standing figure with an almost otherworldly appearance. The figure stands on narrow arched feet with stylized toes and has large thighs, wide hips, a broad torso with a recessed navel, a thick neck, and two curved arms resting on its chest. The face is highly-stylized, large relative to the rest of its body, with an agape mouth, petite nose, wide-set and oval-shaped recessed eyes with drilled pupils, arched ears with drilled lobes, and a bowed forehead. Incised diagonal lines on the back of the head perhaps indicates a unique hairstyle. Remnants of ruby-red painted details are still visible atop a light-orange ground. Size: 8" H (20.3 cm).

Provenance: private Boulder, Colorado, USA collection, acquired from an East Coast, USA collector

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Age-commensurate surface wear, losses to top of head, toes, and part of one ear, with fading and losses to original red surface pigmentation. A small perforation in the back of head created for use during the firing process. Nice earthen and mineral deposits throughout. An old inventory sticker on the back reads "PC06 Pre Classic" in black ink.

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Fine Tlatilco Pottery Standing Figure

Estimate $300 - $500Jul 30, 2018