Rare Colima Pregnant Female, Pre-Columbian West Mexico
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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1144239
Athens, GA 30605
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A rarely seen example of a Colima figure depicting a pregnant female, from Pre-Columbian West Mexico, circa 200 B.C. – 200 A.D. She measures approximately 7 1/2” tall by about 4” wide (item alone, un-mounted on display stand), and about 8 3/4” tall mounted on custom display stand (included).
The figure is that of a nude female with a rounded, protruding belly, indicative of pregnancy, as well as a very plump posterior. She is shown standing with her arms outward, down and slightly forward, perhaps in a gesture of undetermined meaning. She is wearing arm bands as well as an interesting cap-like head dressing, and she is shown with a long ponytail extending down her back.
Condition: This figure is intact and in exceptional, original condition, with no restoration or repair. There is a small chip to the outer edge of her right hand. Otherwise, minimal abrasions, weathering and wear overall. The figure exhibits a rich encrustation of light tan sediment and mineral deposits overall, with Manganese Oxide blooms and root marks remaining, all evidence of age and authenticity. There are a few places where the patina and encrustation has worn, revealing the original reddish surface of the figure buried beneath. Perhaps the figure could be carefully cleaned to expose more of the original surface coloration, but the encrustation is very stubborn. It has been left as-is to preserve the archaeological integrity of the piece, and so the buyer may do with it as they please.
Provenance: Former Lynn Langdon collection, USA. Collected pre-1970.