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The Genius Of Man
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CULTURE: Colima ORIGIN: West  Mexico AGE: Ca. 300 B. C. - 300 A. D. DESCRIPTION: A particularly fine solid hand molded Colima litter scene depicting and individual fully prepared for interment. The piece measures 6 1/2" in length by 4" in width. Litter scenes from this period are not particularly rare....pieces of this quality are. The individual is carefully strapped into the litter at waist length as well as an extra strap around his ankles. His head is  supported by pillows on the side. He is wearing a tall quadangular cap and his face is serene with his long aqualine nose and large incised coffee bean eyes. There was great care taken in the fabrication of this piece to even show the details of his hands and feet through the use of deep incising. Each side of the litter has three triangular extensions used for carrying the piece. The underside is square with four pointed legs for support. The large semi-circular bands at the bottom and top were most likely used to lift the body and place it into a shaft tomb. The tombs were hollow and deep with a long stairways leading down. Many pieces of Colima pottery are found in excellent condition unless the roof or sides of the tomb has collapsed causing breakage to the artifacts. This piece is as found and unrestored in any manner. Provenance: Lost World Artifacts.