Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Colima culture, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A fabulous, burnished redware vessel depicting a male acrobat arching in a backbend position, his arms and legs forming the legs of the piece, a flared rim emerging from his abdominal area, his head donning a helmet-like covering, and his visage presenting a closed eye expression of immense concentration or an entranced state. The piece boasts a substantial scale and nice burnishing. Given the contortionist's spectacular physical abilities, and his euphoric expression conveyed by closed coffee bean shaped eyes and a wide smile, he may also represent a shaman undergoing a transformation. Size: 12.5" W x 7.875" H (31.8 cm x 20 cm)
Provenance: private Southern California, USA collection, acquired in the 1970s to mid-1980s
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