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Pre-Columbian QUIMBAYA Seated Female Figure

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Pre-Columbian QUIMBAYA Seated Female Figure

In a form similar to the slab figures from the Quimbaya culture of Colombia, South America, this seated female figure has rounded limbs, slit eyes and mouth, and the typical prominent nose. It measures 8" high, is roughly 7 1/2" wide, and retains much of the original burnished red surface. Some minor losses to glaze are evident, along with a good deal of mineral deposits on the surface. In good condition, no breaks or repairs, this is an exceptionally nice Quimbaya figure, with strong form and good detail. The Quimbaya culture existed from 200 to 1500, and was known for fine gold ornaments, as well as with clay sculpture depicting human and animal figures. These seated figures are striking in their simplicity, balance, and serenity, and this example is most appealing.

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