Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Nayarit, ca. 200 BCE to 200 CE. A large and impressive terracotta kneeling female figure, her hands positioned upon her abdomen just beneath her breasts and above her protruding perhaps pregnant womb, as the artist most likely intended to emphasize her locii of fertility. She is nude except for a three-strand pectoral, painted with white oblong beads, quadri-hooped ear ornaments, and a nose ring. Faint black detailing on her face and chest may represent body paint or tattoos. Her face is also painted in white from her forehead to her nose, and she is further embellished with circular appliques upon her shoulders, perhaps indicating scarification. Characteristically wide torso, pronounced spine, and if you look at the underside, quite bizarre and disproportionately slender shins. A gorgeous example of the San Sebastian red type with white painted slip decoration. Size: 14-1/4"H x 7-1/8"W.
Condition: Intact with expected surface wear and minor paint loss. Covered with manganese blooms
Provenance: Ex-private Hooper collection, CA, acquired via family descent
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