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Large Jalisco Female Figure, Pre-Columbian West Mexico
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A large Jalisco figure depicting a female, from Pre-Columbian West Mexico, circa 100 B.C. - 300 A.D. Measuring approximately 11 1/2" tall by about 7" wide, this large figure depicts a kneeling female with one arm raised holding a bowl on her shoulder. Her other arm is placed across her abdomen just under her breasts, in what may have been a symbolic gesture of some kind.

She is shown wearing ear ornaments and a skirt, and there are remnants of a nose ornament, now mostly gone. She has a finely-rendered face with strong, compelling features. Many of these figures seem to have an impersonal, blank stare, whereas this one displays a more engaging gaze.

Condition: This figure has repaired clean breaks on the bowl she is holding, across the top of her right arm, from her neck (front and back) straight down to her waist, and across the mid section of each side of her lap along the inside of each thigh. Part of her left arm is restored, and there is restoration to the tip of her right breast, as well as over the break lines mentioned- to match the surrounding areas. Most figures of this size have had a moderate, if not substantial, degree of restoration. There are remnants of a white/cream slip overall, mostly worn away from exposure to the elements. Heavy mineral deposits overall that attest to the age and authenticity of this piece.

Provenance: Former Arizona, USA private collection. Originally collected in Mexico in 1955. Full provenance details will be provided to the purchaser.

A large, interesting and affordable example of the type, that displays well.


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