$6500.00 (Will Consider Offer)
Sporting a nose ring, complex ear ornaments, armlets, and an open mouth that would seem to indicate a 'singing' drummer, this seated polychrome figure (CLP 33) is attributed to the Nayarit of West Mexico, Ixtlan del Rio style, dating c.100 B.C. to 300 A.D. Just TL-tested by the Ralf Kotalla Lab in Hamburg, Germany, it has been determined to be 1800 years old (+ or - 300) years. In overall good condition (I'd rank it at a grade 7 1/2 with 10 being the top) with a moderate amount of strong manganese dioxide surface bloom, the figure underwent an estimated 15% good restoration (mainly the buttocks and thighs) before entering the U.S. in the mid-1970s and has some minor chips and dings (tiny piece gone from right ear piece, two small chips on upper rim of loin cloth, the end of the fish-shaped drum stick is missing and the top fin chipped, a couple of small knobs on right arm band gone, and he's missing his left nipple. There are also three small drill holes where the samples for the TL test were taken: the broken end of the drumstick; the butt; the shoulder back. All nicks and dings can be easily and inexpensively repaired. Priced at a level reflecting its condition, this piece would make a major statement in any collection, and would be perfect for the musically inclined. From the Claudia Proto collection, it comes with a certificate of authenticity, the original Kotalla Lab report, a descriptive card, a map showing the general location from which it came, and a document describing the Proto collection. Select or ask any question by referring to either the Trocadero Item Number in the upper left portion of this page, or to this item’s unique Inventory Number, CLP.33. NOTE: if you would like to view a large number of our various listings, and at the same time limit your browsing time, try our ‘TWELVE different items on a single page format’ by simply spelling out the word TWELVE in the search box. That will quickly bring up all of our listings that have twelve different items on a page, each individually priced! And if you want to further refine the group, add one or two additional modifiers at the same time such as ‘Indian, Precolumbian, Stone, Pot, Gold, etc.’ Any item that has been sold will be so noted on its photograph.