The highly developed, hood-like coiffure with single pigtail braid down the back creates an interesting textural compliment against the plain, smooth body. The face shows a unique manner of modeling the cheek areas where they overlap the ears; it lends an individuality to the figure, making it appear almost portrait-like for the type. Regal and calm, his distinctive pose is a study in the plastic manipulation of the arms. This gesture might relate to transformation, or some type of hallucinogenic, peyote-induced state, or it could represent a deceased individual in repose. In any case, it is a rather
singular example in the known corpus of ancient earthenware sculptures from the Shaft-Tomb Region. The hollow ware figure originates from the Nayarit/Jalisco State area in Western Mexico. A variant of the San Sebastian Red type, it dates to BCE 100 - CE 250.
Created from a coarse-tempered, buff earthenware, it is hand-modeled, with a burnished tawny brown slip with faint traces of negative black resist painting on the torso. Figure measures 14"H x 7"W. Mint condition, intact, with no repairs or restorations; ample manganese dioxide blooms and deposits, overall.
Provenance: Old Florida private collection since the 1950's. A superb example.