Lot 128: Fine Valdivian Pottery Venus Head
November 7, 2016
Louisville, CO, USA
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Pre-Columbian, Ecuador, Valdivian culture, ca. 3500 BCE. A grey and red pottery head with thin slits for eyes, eyebrows, and mouth. Atop its head is an elaborate coiffure, which was added to the head as a separate piece of clay. These fired clay figures were produced, starting at the major Valdivian site of Real Alto, roughly five hundred years after similar ones were made in stone. Without the accompanying body, it is unclear if this particular example had a sex; although most examples are female, some have both male and female properties. These figures were found near hearths and food preparation areas, as well as in burials of important personages. Size: 1.1" W x 1.8" H (2.8 cm x 4.6 cm)
Provenance: Ex-Private Minnesota collection
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Condition Report: Head is in nice shape with clear design, but is a fragment, with a small part of the upper body remaining.