CULTURE: Colima ORIGIN: West Mexico AGE: Ca. 300 B. C. - 300 A. D. DESCRIPTION: A skillfully hand modeled male "flat figure" measuring 8“ in height (overall height 8 1/2” when mounted on the included museum quality black metal base) by 41/2“ in width. This handsome miniature fellow is in a standing position with legs akimbo. He has a long extended “cone head” and a slightly smiling incised mouth. His ears have been drilled all the way through and he was most likely originally wearing dangling ear ornaments…long lost to time. He has scattered mineral deposits helping to show his ancient age.
Numerous "flat" or "gingerbread" figures can be found in many artifact collections from West Mexico. Many are almost identical. The tall extended head makes this piece a prime example of the type. Numerous experts in the field believe these small hand made effigies were created to influence fertility and procreation. A simple and elegant example and a boon to any small or large collection or as a piece of art that stands proudly on his own.