Large Nayarit Chinesco Dog, Pre-Columbian West Mexico
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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1132326
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A large Nayarit, Chinesco dog figure from the ancient, Pre-Columbian Nayarit region of West Mexico, circa 200 B.C. – 200 A.D. This is an impressive example that measures approximately 9” long by nearly 6” wide by about 6 ½” tall. This attractive dog was finished in a now worn white / cream-colored slip, with a single red wide band around the mid-section. It stands with a wide, stout posture, and exhibits skillful modeling on the part of the ancient maker. The shape and relative flatness of the face, as well as the puffy, slit eyes suggest this particular example is of the Chinesco variety of Nayarit figures.
Condition: Intact overall, with a stable three-way stress line on the back near the rear of the piece (extends about 2 ½” – 3” in three directions). Otherwise, expected weathering, wear, abrasions and minor chipping overall. Root marks and mineral deposits verify the age and authenticity of this piece.
Provenance: Former Claudia Proto collection, USA. Collected pre-1970.
A very impressive and aesthetically appealing example of the type.