**Originally Listed At $400**
Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Nayarit, Chinesco style, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A hand-built and highly-burnished ceramic figure seated upon spread legs and large thighs. The figure leans slightly forward with banded arms bent to wide hips. The figure, painted in hues of red and faded ochre, displays an enlarged head with impressed coffee-bean-shaped eyes, a prominent nose, large ears adorned with earrings, a petite mouth, and a wide forehead with an incised hairline and a rounded spout on top. The flattened head perhaps suggests an ideal form of beauty in the Nayarit culture where ritual cranial deformation was a common practice, oftentimes with religious or spiritual connotations. Size: 6.75" W x 7.75" H (17.1 cm x 19.7 cm).
Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection; ex-private lifetime collection of Dr. Saul Tuttman and Dr. Gregory Siskind, New York, New York, USA
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One leg repaired from multiple large pieces with small chips and light adhesive residue along break lines. Surface wear and abrasions commensurate with age, several stable hairline fissures and small chips along legs, body, and head, with fading to most areas of pigmentation, and light roughness across most surfaces. Nice earthen deposits and surface craquelure throughout. Old inventory number written in black ink behind one leg.