A Very Rare Chinesco Figure Seated Figure, ‘Type E’. Laguna. This striking, yet delicate seated figure with a burnished creamy white slip, decorated with red painted details, including the well known “Red Hand”, emblematic of the Type ‘E’ Chinesco figures in the distinguished museum collections, dates to the Protoclassic Period of the West Mexican sculpture tradition in Southwestern Nayarit. Relatively large for this type, the sensitively sculpted and painted youthful feminine figure is adorned with deep red painted facial tattooing in the form of a hand with four fingers on the right cheek, a red line extending from the outer corner of the right eye, another at the bridge, extending across the left cheek, and a red circle below the line. She appears to be smiling, and wears a red painted necklace about the neck with eight vertical decorations above small rounded breasts. There is a red waistband with what appears to be a tiny loincloth delineated in red. The unslipped darker ‘hair’ area above the forehead, has a strong remains of red pigment, front and back. The overall patina is encrusted with ancient dendrite deposits. FSA:EA 8.1 H.” x (22.1 cm) Circa. 100 B.C. – 250 A.D.
Provenance: Acquired from a Houston, Texas Private Collection of Pre-Columbian Art formed during the 1960s-1070. This figure, while havinf a few of the attributes os a type ‘C’ Chinesco (seated with heart-shaped face and hands held to the waist), also has the creamy slip and red slip decorations of the vaunted Type ‘E’ Chinesco figures. This figure also sports the “Red Hand” mark on the right side of the face, which signifies a particular ancient workshop of the Chinesco style (also known as the Lagunillas style) , Type ‘E’ sub-group in Nayarit, Mexico. Please see: Richard F. Townsend, “Ancient West Mexico, Art & Archaeology of the Unknown Past.”, pg. 128, fig. 30b, The Art Institute of Chicago, 1998 for a closely related standing figure of this type. Also please see Sotheby’s New York, “The Stanof Collection” Sale Catalogue, May 17, 2007, p. 110-127 for world record prices fetched for Chinesco style Type’E’ objects, as well as a Chinesco reaching the highest amount ever paid for an ancient
West Mexican ceramic figure. Condition: This figure is unbroken, aside from a professional repair of a frature on the top of the head which leads to the right corner of the forehead, and is in otherwise original condition. The pigments are in a very good state of preservation. There is a minor slip erosion in two spots on the forehead, one on the tip of the nose, and a few spots on the backslide, as well as the tip of her foot. It is overall a very fine object in very good shape.
Provenance: Anthropes Fine Art