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**Originally Listed At $500**

Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Jalisco, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. Two ceramic figures from the West Mexican shaft tomb culture, both depicted seated, with a drum on their laps. The shorter of the two appears to be female, and drums with both her hands; she wears a tall headdress with a round disc at its center that matches her disc-like earrings. The taller has male genitalia, and plays the drum with one hand; his other is pressed to his mouth. He has huge, hollow, spool-shaped earrings and a headband. Both have their bodies painted with geometric motifs that may represent tattoos or scarification. These figures were made to be placed in graves sunk deep below houses, where they lined the walls of the tomb while the deceased rested in the center. Size of largest: 4.35" W x 9.3" H (11 cm x 23.6 cm)

Provenance: private Stagecoach, Nevada, USA collection; acquired from 1985 to present from galleries such as Arte Primitivo, Art For Eternity, Butterfields, and Riverbend Gallery

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The taller of the two has been repaired on legs / lower body from multiple pieces. The other is intact. Both have nice pigment remaining and manganese deposits on their surfaces.

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Pair of Large Jalisco Sheepface Pottery Drummers

Estimate $700 - $1,050Aug 26
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Louisville, CO, USA