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Lot 0544
**Originally Listed At $700**

Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Jalisco, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. Two fabulous and highly-stylized terracotta figures from ancient Western Mexico. The tall male figure stands upon arched feet with attenuated limbs and has delineated genitalia, a broad chest with a tunic replete with white-painted linear and zigzag patterns, and rounded shoulders; he holds a ceremonial rattle in one hand. A thick neck supports a large head with a projecting nose, pointed ears with scalloped earspools, recessed coffee-bean-shaped eyes, and a tall forehead terminating in a point with two headbands. The seated female figure has one leg folded under the other, with one sinuous arm holding a small bowl in front of a slightly distended abdomen. Her skirt showcases a repeating circle-and-dot motif. Her wide chest and huge breasts support a large head with characteristic "sheepface" qualities, like her male counterpart, though her headband is much more simplistic. Size of largest (male): 12" H (30.5 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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Female has head and one hand reattached with light adhesive residue along break line. Both figures have age-commensurate surface wear, small chips to feet, arms, bodies, and heads, fading to surface pigmentation. Very nice mineral deposits overall.

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Fine Jalisco Pottery Sheepface Figures (pr)

Estimate $1,200 - $1,800Oct 17
Artemis Gallerybadge TOP RATED
Louisville, CO, USA