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AN ELEGANT SEATED COLIMA GINGERBREAD FIGURE FROM WEST MEXICO

AN ELEGANT SEATED COLIMA GINGERBREAD FIGURE FROM WEST MEXICO


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: Pre Columbian: Pottery: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1340446

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CULTURE: Colima ORIGIN: West Mexico AGE: CA. 300 B. C. - 300 A. D. SIZE: 6" in height by 4” in width by 3 1/2” in depth. DESCRIPTION: A fine large example of one of “The Little People Of Mexico.” These wonderful miniature sculptures are often called flat figures or gingerbread figures. Each one is individually modeled of heavy cinnamon colored clay. This ornate fellow is wearing a rounded turban cap, ear spools, a necklace of round jade beads, and a wrap around waist cloth with long tassels in the front and an incised ovoid rear cover. He has circular raised designs on his upper arms most likely representing ritual tattooing. He has round coffee bean eyes and an elegant aquiline nose. The entire figure is liberally spotted with dendrite mineral deposits attesting to his great age. His overall demeanor is calm and elegant. He sits upright beautifully with no support needed. Excellent examples of these figures are becoming hard to acquire. Many were quickly fabricated and crude.