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Olmec Pottery Seated Baby Figure

Lot 0056 Details

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Pre-Columbian, Southern Mexico to Guatemala, Olmec, ca. 1200 to 600 BCE. A very special Olmec baby figure, handbuilt form terracotta and sitting with characteristically 'fleshy' limbs extended - legs splayed apart and arms outstretched - that bit of extra body fat that we endearingly refer to as 'baby fat' interrupted by an openwork navel, and an elongated head with an expressive visage comprised of narrow eyes with perforated pupils, a protruding nose, and an open mouth revealing sharp teeth, all topped by a tall headdress or coiffure. The surface is adorned with red pigment and covered with root marks. A wonderful example displaying hallmark Olmec Baby features as well as a playful attitude and infantile pose. Size: 10.1" W x 12" H (25.7 cm x 30.5 cm)

For an interesting article about Olmec baby figures see "Olmec Babies as Early Portraiture in the Americas" by James Doyle, Assistant Curator, Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, April 17, 2015.

Provenance: private Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA collection; ex-Minerva Gallery; ex-Benjamin Vega, California, USA, acquired in 2006 to 2007; ex-Gene and Virginia George, brought to the USA from 1961 to 1966

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Repairs to areas of left leg, hand, and forearm, with resurfacing and overpainting along break lines as well as pink pigment. Abrasions and nicks to face, limbs, and body, with light fading to original pigmentation, and light encrustations. Great earthen deposits, manganese blooms, and root marks throughout.
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Olmec Pottery Seated Baby Figure

Estimate $3,000 - $6,000
Apr 23, 2020
Starting Price $1,500
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0056: Olmec Pottery Seated Baby Figure

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Lot 0056 Details

Description
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Pre-Columbian, Southern Mexico to Guatemala, Olmec, ca. 1200 to 600 BCE. A very special Olmec baby figure, handbuilt form terracotta and sitting with characteristically 'fleshy' limbs extended - legs splayed apart and arms outstretched - that bit of extra body fat that we endearingly refer to as 'baby fat' interrupted by an openwork navel, and an elongated head with an expressive visage comprised of narrow eyes with perforated pupils, a protruding nose, and an open mouth revealing sharp teeth, all topped by a tall headdress or coiffure. The surface is adorned with red pigment and covered with root marks. A wonderful example displaying hallmark Olmec Baby features as well as a playful attitude and infantile pose. Size: 10.1" W x 12" H (25.7 cm x 30.5 cm)

For an interesting article about Olmec baby figures see "Olmec Babies as Early Portraiture in the Americas" by James Doyle, Assistant Curator, Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, April 17, 2015.

Provenance: private Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA collection; ex-Minerva Gallery; ex-Benjamin Vega, California, USA, acquired in 2006 to 2007; ex-Gene and Virginia George, brought to the USA from 1961 to 1966

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience.

#154894
Condition
...
Repairs to areas of left leg, hand, and forearm, with resurfacing and overpainting along break lines as well as pink pigment. Abrasions and nicks to face, limbs, and body, with light fading to original pigmentation, and light encrustations. Great earthen deposits, manganese blooms, and root marks throughout.

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