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A TRIO OF PRE-COLUMBIAN "PRETTY LADIES" FROM MEXICO

A TRIO OF PRE-COLUMBIAN "PRETTY LADIES" FROM MEXICO


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Figure number one: Michoacan - Age: Ca. 800 B. C. - Origin: West Coast Mexico - Size: 4” in height by 2” in width - Description - A solid standing tan clay with a light burnish. She is wearing long triangular ear adornments, a multi strand necklace with remnants of the original white pigment, She has a slightly swollen mid area covered by a wrapped garment which may denote early pregnancy. Her deeply incised elongated eyes also show slight signs of white pigment. There are two circular deeper brown bands ornamenting the rear upper legs. There are scattered mineral deposit attesting to her great age. A small charmer. Figure number two: Colima -Age: Ca. 350 B. C. - 350 A. D. -Origin: West Mexico - Size - 5 1/2” in height by 2” in width. Description: She is ornately attired with a decorated banded headdress, small round ear spools, a single strand necklace with a center pendant, an intricately woven waist band, and a long wide band in the rear. Her eyes are round and deeply incised. She has her arms crossed in a gesture of modesty to cover her breasts. She is an unusual example of the type and fit for even the finest collection. Figure number three: Colima -Age: Ca. 350 B. C. - 350 A. D. -Origin: West Mexico - Size - 6” in height by 2 1/2” in width. Description: The figure is tan in color and slightly burnished. Ornamentation includes dual earrings, a single strand necklace graced by two pendants, a woven triangular waist cover further decorated with two dangling tassels. The headdress is a pointed conical cap and the arms are crossed’. This figure may well represent a male given the flat chest and helmet. Whether male or female the figure has fine detailing and great charm. ex. Arte Primitive Diego Rivera, the famous Mexican painter, was one of the very first collectors of these fascinating little people and was instrumental in their introduction to the art world.