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Lot 0030
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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One arm reattached and vessel repaired from approximately 10 pieces with restoration over the break lines. Minute nicks to edges of feet and normal surface wear. Areas of manganese deposits. Nice lustrous finish with burnishing marks.

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Colima Redware Acrobat Vessel

Estimate $1,200 - $1,700Jan 24, 2019
Louisville, CO, USA