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Nayarit Polychrome Seated Barrel Armor Warrior w/ Club

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Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Nayarit, Protoclassic period, ca. 100 BCE to 250 CE. A fine depiction of a hollow-built pottery warrior figure seated upon two rear conical legs. The warrior wears a barrel-shaped cuirass over his midsection replete with a lightly-fluted collar as well as a cream-hued torso which, based on traces of additional black pigment, may have illustrated a more complex decorative motif. A knob-headed club is brandished in his attenuated arms, and the tapering neck bears four white-dotted necklaces. Ovoid eyes with applied rims and black pupils have applied vertical striations leading towards the angular cheeks, with tall ears each adorned with a trio of earrings, and a prominent nose situated above a gaping mouth, all beneath a wide-rimmed, bi-pronged helmet. Deep red slip covers much of the lower body, through bright orange pigment emphasizes the physical form of the neck and head. A striking example of ancient shaft-tomb pottery! Size: 7.125" W x 16.875" H (18.1 cm x 42.9 cm).

This figure stood guard in a shaft tomb, most likely placed so that it was facing outward around the perimeter of the tomb. Some scholars have theorized that this symbolically depicted a continuum between the worlds of the living and the dead. A brawny, militant protector with serious attitude from the ancients of West Mexico.

Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection; ex-private Dallas, Texas, USA collection

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Figure reconstructed from multiple large pieces, with light restoration, resurfacing, and overpainting along break lines. Nicks and abrasions to legs, body, club, and head, with fading to areas of original pigmentation, and light encrustations. Light earthen deposits and manganese blooms throughout. Old inventory label on verso.

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Nayarit Polychrome Seated Barrel Armor Warrior w/ Club

Estimate $2,000 - $3,000Oct 31
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Louisville, CO, USA