Pre-Columbian, Mexico, Guerrero region, Xalitla culture, ca. 1200 to 900 BCE. A hand-built pottery female Venus figure seated with crossed legs and wearing a simple waistband and loincloth. Her nude upper body features an upright posture, perky breasts, and rounded shoulders, with one arm draped against her thigh, and the other holding the handle of a petite rattle or tool. Her expressive visage is defined by almond-shaped eyes, a broad nose, parted lips, and circular ear spools, all beneath a finely incised coiffure that drapes to her shoulder blades. Traces of original red and pale orange pigment are still visible and suggest the figure was at one time painted with vivid colors. A fine figurative example from the ancient Xalitla! Size: 2.1" W x 2.3" H (5.3 cm x 5.8 cm).
Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection; ex-Michael Haskell collection, California, USA
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Professionally repaired from multiple large pieces, with light restoration, resurfacing, and overpainting along break lines. Minor abrasions to limbs, body, and head, with light encrustations within some recessed areas, and fading to original pigmentation. Light earthen deposits and nice traces of original pigment throughout.