Origin: West Mexico
Ca. 300 B.C. - 300 A.D.
Size: 4” in height by 3” in width
Description: An engaging deftly molded compact pottery figure in a sitting position with legs crossed and arms resting on his knees. This imaginative effigy exudes a confident and serene attitude. His hands are deeply incised and he has a long distinct elegant aquiline nose. His horizontal eyes and slightly smiling mouth are outlined with the originally applied black bitumen pigment as is his closely fitting rounded head piece. The base clay is a dark tan/brown and has been carefully burnished. He appears to be nude and his only ornamentation consists of large three tiered ear spools. From the side you can see that he has a slightly malformed back. The Colima people cherished deformity as a sign that the gods had made a special being unlike most other common human shapes. The special beings were often top confidents and advisors to royalty and led lives of great luxury. Scattered mineral deposits help attest to his antiquity.