A nice selection of heads from Mexico, ca. 400 BC – 650 AD. The group includes Zapotec, Teotihuacan, Chupicuaro and Pre-Classic examples. All are individually mounted.
An excellent Jalisco figure from West Mexico, ca. 200 BC - 350 AD. This standing female is 7" tall and is posed with arms to her sides. She is elaborately adorned with incised clothing which retains white pigment in the grooves, as well as extensive jewelry, including multiple bracelets, necklace, headdress, ear and nose ornaments. Intact, with strong mineral deposits.
A rare Huastec figural vessel from Mexico, ca. 200 – 500 AD. This excellent spouted example is 6-1/4” long, 5-1/4” high and depicts a prone individual. His face is nicely detailed, and the head and chamber are elaborately painted to show a fancy headdress and clothing. Intact, with good mineral deposits.
An excellent Nayarit bed figure from West Mexico, ca. 200 BC – 300 AD. It is 4-1/4” long, 2-1/2” wide and depicts an individual ensconced on a complex four-legged pallet. He is wearing large ear ornaments and a nose ornament. Vivid paint, strong mineral deposits.
Cf. Von Winning “Anecdotal Sculptures of Ancient West Mexico”, page 95.
A lovely Colima figure from West Mexico, ca. 300 BC – 300 AD. This choice two-tone female is 12-3/4” high and is posed seated, with one hand held to the side of her face in a thoughtful gesture. She is attired with a long skirt and her elongated ears are pierced. In exceptional condition, with highly burnished slip and good mineral deposits.
A wonderful Colima village scene from West Mexico, ca. 300 BC – 300 AD. It is mounted on a 5-1/2” diameter platform and consists of 2 houses and six figures. The dominant figure is a pregnant female leaning against one of the structures, her status is communicated via her relative size. There is also a figure on a funerary pallet and a hunched-over individual looking sideways. Two of the figures are located inside the houses, which are decorated with linear designs. Rare find in excelle...
An unusual Colima zoomorphic effigy from West Mexico, ca. 300 BC – 300 AD. It is 4-3/8” long and depicts a dog with a turtle-shell body. It is adorned with a complex headdress or crown. Heavy mineral deposits on the burnished red slip.
A lovely Colima olla from West Mexico, ca. 300 BC – 300 AD. It is 7” in diameter, 7” high and stands on a trio of avian form legs. Tip of one leg reattached, else in excellent condition, with good mineral deposits on the highly burnished red slip.
A beautiful Mixtec stone pendant from Mexico, ca. 1000 - 1500 AD. This masterfully detailed example is 1-3/8" long and depicts a fox, portrayed with its head twisted to look over its back. Even the feet on the underside are finished in fine detail. Carved from speckled olive green serpentine and perforated for suspension. Highly polished, perfect.
An unusually large Colima bed figure from West Mexico, ca. 300 BC – 300 AD. It is 6-1/4” long and depicts a female deceased during childbirth. Her head rests between large cushions and she is held to the funerary pallet with a broad cloth. Intact, retaining its vivid orange paint and extensive mineral encrustation.
A fine Jalisco figure from West Mexico, ca. 200 BC – 300 AD. This lovely example is 5” high and depicts a seated male. He is wearing a beautifully decorated poncho that is draped over his knees. He is adorned with a headband, as well as nose and ear ornaments. Strong paint, good mineral deposits.
A fine Jalisco figure from West Mexico, ca. 1 – 250 AD. This lovely Cuisillos example is 5” high and depicts a pregnant female, with hands grasping the heavy belly and the hollow belly button acting as the firing hole. The figure appears to have been in a fire in antiquity and has good mineral deposits and extensive calcified roots overall.
An extraordinarily large Colima figure from West Mexico, ca. 300 BC - 300 AD. This choice archaic Tekoman example is 10-3/8" high and depicts a man wearing a complex headdress wrapped around the characteristic elongated head. His ears are pierced, indicating large ear ornaments. Nicely burnished, strong mineral deposits.
A fine Pihuamo figure from West Mexico, ca. 300 BC – 300 AD. This seated male is 6” high and depicts an individual with hands resting on the knees. He is wearing a simple headdress and is adorned with large ear ornaments and bracelets. Intact, with good mineral deposits. Museum deaccession.
A superb Colima bowl from West Mexico, ca. 300 BC – 300 AD. This choice Comala phase example is 7-1/4” in diameter and is decorated with a trio of serpents, executed in relief. The slip is highly burnished and shows good mineral deposits, with strong calcification on the inside.
This figure was stolen on December 11, from the Bella Gallery in Great Barrington, Mass., where it was part of a collection being exhibited.
A gorgeous Nayarit polychrome male, 6" tall. This Ixtlan del Rio variant, ca. 200 BC - 350 AD stands on bifurcated feet and is lavishly painted overall. An excellent example. Intact.