Large Pre-Columbian Tumaco / La Tolita Head Fragment
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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1036073
Athens, GA 30605
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A large head fragment from the ancient Tumaco or La Tolita culture of Pre-Columbian Colombia or Ecuador, circa 300 B.C. - 300 A.D. Measuring approximately 4 3/4"" tall by about 4 3/4" wide (unmounted, item alone) and just over 8" tall (mounted on display stand), this fragment once belonged to a very large, full figure, but was separated in ancient times- perhaps intentionally broken as part of a ceremony or ritual. It is made of the fine, white/grey colored earthenware typical of ancient figures and wares from the region, and displays remnants of black firing clouds in places. They are shown wearing a decorative headband and large ear spools, and the head shows cranial deformation aesthetically pleasing to the Pre-Columbian ancients of the region. Includes wooden display stand, as shown.
Condition: Fragmentary, as shown, this piece exhibits expected abrasions, minor chips and stress lines, and general wear and weathering overall. Mineral and sediment deposits remain.
Provenance: Former Florida private collection.
A large, interesting and attractive example that is ready to display.