Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Colima, Autlan variety, Protoclassic Period, ca. 100 BCE to 250 CE. A hand-built and highly-burnished redware pottery female figure seated with open legs atop a rounded base. She wears an incised skirt around her waist and lower body, holds her bangle-adorned arms out to the sides of her smooth chest and perky breasts, and has an applied 'bead' necklace embellishing her gently-sloping neck. Her stylized countenance boasts incised almond-shaped eyes, a broad nose, an incised mouth curled into a smile, and thick bangs draped over her ears, all beneath a simple cap with a rounded brim. Size: 2.375" L x 3.8" W x 5.625" H (6 cm x 9.7 cm x 14.3 cm); 6.4" H (16.3 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: private southern California, USA collection, acquired in the 1970s to mid-1980s
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Minor abrasions and nicks to limbs, body, and head, with light softening to some incised details, and darkening to surface coloration commensurate with age, otherwise intact and very good. Light earthen deposits, manganese blooms, and root marks throughout.