Native American, northeastern United States, Ohio, Ross County, Hopewell Indians, ca. 100 BCE to 500 CE. A beautiful female figure standing atop bent legs, nude save for an incised skirt, hand-carved from a mottled grey stone with tan and vermilion inclusions. She holds her arms tightly to her sides, and voluptuous breasts emphasize her femininity. Almond-shaped eyes, a triangular nose, smooth cheeks, an incised mouth, and rounded chin comprise her minimalist visage, and her rounded pate is topped with an intricate coiffure replete with drooping bangs and bulging bulbs. Full stone figures from the Hopewell Indians are incredibly scarce, making this example one of exceeding rarity! Custom wooden display stand included. Size: 1.25" W x 5.3" H (3.2 cm x 13.5 cm); 6" H (15.2 cm) on included custom stand.
For a stylistically-similar male example, please see: Parsons, Rodney R. "The Hopewell Pipe: The Collection of Rodney R. Parsons." Montana, 1982, p. 37, fig. 206.
Provenance: private Southern California, USA collection, acquired in the 1970s to mid-1980s
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