**Originally Listed At $800**
Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Nayarit, Ameca style, Preclassic Period, ca. 100 BCE to 250 CE. A hollow-built pottery figure depicting a seated male warrior with large, tab-shaped feet, bent legs, and delineated genitalia. The figure leans forward with a bent posture, his back arching rather dramatically, with lengthy arms with delineated fingers and nails, and a small sling wrapped around his upper torso. His head displays a countenance defined by raised, almond-shaped eyes, a prominent nose, rounded cheeks and brow line, cupped ears, and full lips, all beneath a corded warrior's helmet. A small bulb inside the figure's mouth represents a death bubble which symbolizes the deceased state of the warrior. Covered in a cream-hued slip, this is a wonderful example of ancient figural shaft-tomb pottery! Size: 9" W x 12" H (22.9 cm x 30.5 cm).
Provenance: private Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA collection; ex-Fort Knox Artifacts, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA; ex-private Los Angeles, California, USA collection
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Surface wear and abrasions commensurate with age, small nicks and chips to feet, legs, arms, body, and head, with fading to several areas of pigmentation, and light roughness in some areas. Nice earthen deposits throughout.