Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Colima, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A hand-built pottery figure depicting a seated drummer with bent legs and an upright posture. The figure's right hand holds a small ball or percussive beater, and the other hand is resting on a small cylindrical drum in front of the figure's legs. An ornate horned headdress is wrapped around the figure's head which indicates that he is a shaman, perhaps performing a simple beat to facilitate a meditative state of mind. A small hole near the back of the head acts as a mouthpiece for the whistle, and still produces a high-pitched sound when used. Size: 4" W x 4.5" H (10.2 cm x 11.4 cm).
Provenance: private Southern California, USA collection, acquired in the 1970s to mid-1980s
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Figure repaired from multiple large pieces with small chips, light resurfacing, and some overpainting along break lines. Small nicks to legs, body, arms, head, and drum, with wear and some minor abrasions. Nice earthen and manganese deposits throughout. Whistle still functions and produces a high-pitched sound.