CULTURE: Casas Grandes
ORIGIN: Northern Mexico
AGE: CA. 1200 - 1400 A. D.
SIZE: 7 1/2" in height by 5" in width x 7 1/2" in depth.
DESCRIPTION: A highly burnished brownware figure of a woman sitting with legs extended.
She appears to possibly pregnant given the fullness of her breasts and lower areas. She has a sublime quizzical expression on her face and appears to be singing or whistling.
Her eyes seem to be closed which gives the impression that she is concentrating deeply...she may be in a trance state induced by the inhaling or drinking of local shaman prepared potions.
She has her right hand raised to her cheek and her left hand resting beneath her breasts. She is a truly beautiful example of the talent of a potter who could capture the beauty of the human formi repose. There has been professional restoration to the rear cowels on each side of her face as well as the tips of her feet. The cowels follow the lines of the effigy and are not just "guesswork." PROVENANCE: A former Scottsdale Arizona Gallery