AN IMPORTANT PRE-COLUMBIAN XOCHIPALA FIGURE OF A BABY

AN IMPORTANT PRE-COLUMBIAN XOCHIPALA FIGURE OF A BABY

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Description: This superbly executed figure of a standing baby with a piercing gaze, and the right hand held to the mouth, the left hand held to the left ear, is adorned with a closely fitted cap which has incised decoration in two areas, in the form of a five-pointed floral design on the right side, and concentric arching semi-circles engraved high on the left side. The facial features are stunningly realistic. The Preclassic Xochipala culture from Guerrero, Mexico is contemporaneous with the Olmec culture, the first major civilization in Pre-Columbian Mexico. The baby seemed to be one of the focuses of the mainstream in Xochipala culture, as there are other lesser depictions extant. This baby is probably from a regal or chiefly family, as he seems to be quite venerably decorated.
Dimensions: Height: 20.75 inches (52.7 cm.)
Artist or Maker: Unknown Preclassic artist of Guerrero, Mexico.
Medium: Ceramic
Date: Middle Preclassic Period, circa 1150 B.C. to 550 B.C.
Condition Report: Good, with professional repairs.
Exhibited: Ancient Art of the New World, New York.
Provenance: 1) The Jay C. Leff Collection, Uniontown, PA, 1967. 2) The Otto Atencio Collection. 3) The Merrin Gallery, New York. 4) A New York Private Collection.
Notes: Conservation & Examinations: 1) Michael Kan, Curator Emeritus, Detroit Institute of the Arts, served as Curator for the Jay C. Leff Collection, vetted this figure for the collection in 1967. 2) Ludancio Ferraglio, Conservator, Brooklyn Museum: Re-repairs. 3) Ellen Howe, Head of Conservation, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York: X-rays and thermoluminescence testing. 4) Victor J. Borolot, Ph.D. Borolot Daybreak Archaeometric Laboratories, Guilford,  CT:: thermoluminescence authenticity testing.
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