Mexico / Jalisco Culture / 300 BC - 300 AD / Important Anthropomorphic statuette

16th century and older
Tribal Art
From: 38090, Villefontaine, France

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    Anthropomorphic ceramic statuette representing a priestess.
    The statuette represents a kneeling woman dressed in a loincloth, her chest bare. It is characterized by atrophied upper limbs and short but massive legs. The large and stocky body receives a chest with breasts projected forward. The powerful shoulders are punctuated with conical growths which could resemble ritual scars, or according to some researchers, to body ornamentations composed of shells. The hands are positioned parallel to the ground, the fingers apart. The face of disproportionate proportions slightly tilted to the left, is a classic of the Jalisco culture (here in Ezatlán style): protruding almond-shaped eyes enclosed in thick eyelids, long straight nose, mouth with detailed lips, ears in the shape of a flag. The skull ritually deformed backwards accommodates a headdress surrounded by a band of braids crossed in its center. The subject contains clay balls placed inside acting as cowbells.

    This kind of statuette from the Jalisco Culture, like the Colima and Nayarit peoples, comes from well tombs that developed in Western Mexico between 100 BC and 250 AD. These cultures had the particularity of building tombs under their homes, a long vertical shaft then connecting the surface to the family vault which could contain many burials. The offerings of the well tombs were made of ceramic statuettes offering to our eyes a wide panorama of the customs of that time.

    Note that the piece has a lighter shade than the digital image processing suggests.

    Dimensions: 25.6 x 18.7 cm
    Condition: Restoration on the right arm, surface wear Traces of polychromy on the back of the subject
    Provenance: Former private American collection

    Ref: H29DTC5PEX

    Style Tribal Art
    Century 16th century and older
    Materials Terracotta
    Shipping Time Ready to ship in 1 Business Day
    Location 38090, Villefontaine, France

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