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

Artemis Gallery

November 7, 2016
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

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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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