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**Originally Listed At $200**

Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Jalisco, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. Two hand-built terracotta seated figures, each covered in a deep red earthtone slip. The visages of both figures exhibit characteristic "sheepface" qualities such as coffee-bean-shaped eyes, pointed ears, disc-shaped earspools, projecting noses, and tall foreheads. The first figure has one leg folded beneath a striped and spotted skirt, one arm folded to her abdomen under globular breasts, the other reaching to her ear; white-painted embellishments and a thin headband complete her overall appearance. The second figure, resting beneath a polka-dotted shawl, displays wide shoulders, stocky feet with stylized toes, and a tall headband with incised crosshatch patterns and a white swirled crest in the center. Both figures are wonderful figural representations from this ancient shaft-tomb culture! Size of tallest (no shawl): 6.25" H (15.9 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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Taller figure has head, one ear, and one hand reattached with small chips and adhesive residue along break lines; also has one leg missing. Smaller figure has one arm, part of shawl, one leg and foot reattached with small chips, adhesive residue, and some overpainting along break lines. Both figures have age-commensurate surface wear, fading to surface pigmentation, small nicks and chips across body and head, with light earthen deposits and nice mineral deposits throughout.

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Pair of Jalisco Pottery Sheepface Seated Figures

Estimate $350 - $525Aug 26
Artemis Gallerybadge TOP RATED
Louisville, CO, USA