Lot 72: Nayarit Chinesco Pottery Seated Figure

Artemis Gallery

October 27, 2016
Louisville, CO, US

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Description: Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Nayarit, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A hollow redware earthenware figure depicting a seated female figure, dubbed 'Chinesco' by early collectors for its Asian facial features. A nice example with a characteristically oversized and flattened head, a visage comprised of small double-slit eyes, a prominent nose, applied earlobes, and small mouth delineated with a short horizontal slit, attenuated looped arms, and substantive hips and thighs. The smooth surface was painted red on the lower body to represent clothing and/or body paint. The face was detailed with black stylized tattoo marks adorning her face, particularly highlighting her eyes. Figures like this one were placed inside of the shaft tombs sunk beneath dwellings; these burial places would hold multiple generations of the household. A wonderful example from this shaft tomb culture that scholars continue to explore. Size: 6.125" W x 8.5" H (15.6 cm x 21.6 cm)

Provenance: Ex Scollard collection, LA, California

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#116157
Condition Report: Intact with expected surface wear and areas of abrasion commensurate with age. Nice manganese deposits as well.
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