Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Guanajuato Valley, Chupicuaro, ca. 500 BCE to 300 CE. A fabulous, hand-built pottery depiction of a rotund female standing atop slender legs. She boasts ample hips, a distended abdomen indicative of pregnancy, perky breasts, and bent arms stemming from lightly-rounded shoulders. Her back is dramatically humped and leads upwards to a thick neck. Incised ovoid eyes with beady pupils, a prominent nose, a gaping mouth, bulb-shaped ears with recessed ear canals, and a rounded pate define her expressive visage, and a thick layer of red slip adorns her body. Cream-hued step motifs outlined in black decorate her body, back, and head, and parallel registers of vertical linear bars adorn the circumference of her thighs. A fabulous and finely-executed figural example from ancient West Mexico! Custom wooden display stand included. Size: 5" W x 6.8" H (12.7 cm x 17.3 cm); 7.625" H (19.4 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: private Southern California, USA collection, acquired in the 1970s to mid-1980s
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Figure repaired from multiple pieces with small losses, light resurfacing, overpainting, and light adhesive residue along break lines. Small chips to legs, body, head, and areas of pigment, with minor abrasions, and some light encrustations. Nice earthen deposits and traces of pigmentation throughout.