Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Jalisco, ca. 200 BCE to 500 CE. This is a male figure strapped to a pallet. The pallet had two hoops, one at each end, but now it just has the one near the man's head. This figure would have been placed into a shaft tomb; small figurines that faced outward around the perimeter of graves inside of shaft tombs are a hallmark of the elusive early West Mexican cultures in Jalisco and neighboring Nayarit and Colima. It seems likely that this figure depicts a man strapped to a funerary pallet, being carried to the grave. Size: 3" x 1-3/4" x 1-3/4" at the pallet hoop.
Condition: This piece is missing the second hoop of the pallet and one of the pallet handles, but otherwise is intact with no obvious signs of repair. The features of the artwork are clear.
Provenance: Ex-private Hooper Collection, California, acquired via family descent
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