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Lot 0102J
Pre-Columbian, Ecuador, Valdivian, ca. 1500 BCE. A charming, solid-molded terracotta standing female figure, nude save for a simple cap, with ample hips and a slender waist defining her femininity. Small, perky breasts project from a slender chest, and the rectangular head boasts slit-form eyes and brows, a diminutive mouth, and thick bangs which curl upwards behind her head. Beyond this, the piece shows nice remains of original red pigment and burnishing marks. Valdivian "Venus" figures are among the very earliest Pre-Columbian figures available from the Americas and authentic ones are very difficult to come by, in any condition. Custom wooden display stand included. Size: 1.375" W x 3.3" H (3.5 cm x 8.4 cm); 4.2" H (10.7 cm) on included custom stand.

This piece has been tested using thermoluminescence (TL) analysis and has been found to be ancient and of the period stated. A full report will accompany purchase.

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection

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Condition

Losses to bottoms of both legs. Minor nicks to legs, body, and head, with fading to original pigmentation, and light abrasions. Light earthen deposits throughout. Two probe holes: beneath one leg, and behind head.

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Valdivian Terracotta Venus Idol w/ TL

Estimate $1,000 - $1,500Dec 6, 2018