Lot 127: Large & Fine Valdivian Pottery Venus Head - Rare Form

Artemis Gallery

November 7, 2016, 8:00 AM PST
Louisville, CO, US
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Description: Pre-Columbian, Ecuador, Valdivian culture, ca. 3500 BCE. A reddish pottery head with thin slits for eyes and mouth and a low relief nose and brow. 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: 0.6" W x 1.45" H (1.5 cm x 3.7 cm) Provenance: Ex-Private Minnesota collection All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #117217
Condition Report: Small repair to top of head; this is just a head, missing the body, but the head itself is in fine form
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