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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: Pre Columbian: Pottery: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1339062

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The Genius Of Man
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Culture: Colima Origin: West Mexico / Ca. 300B.C. - 300A.D. Size: 3 1/2” in height by 4” in width by 4 1/2” in depth Description: An intriguing Colima effigy tomb figure from West Mexico depicting a compact hunchbacked dwarf. This small hollow treasure has a terra-cotta base clay burnished with an orange surface. He is in a sitting position with hands resting on his knees. He is wearing a close fitting headpiece with deeply incised eyes and a slightly upturned mouth and a pronounced aquiline nose as well as ear spools. His face and head have been left unburnished to draw attention to his gently smiling face. The Colima people considered dwarfs and malformed individuals as special gifts from their gods. They felt that these figures had been provided with extra powers and they were often top advisors to the nobility and lords of the period. This compact figure has had the bottoms of his feet professionally resurfaced from ancient usage and a few worn areas to the rim of the spout have been smoothed and polished. This compact figure is a heartwarming example of how an ancient culture defined unusual attributes in a much different way than we have during current times. A sweet and kind countenance.