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P-3802 AN ARCHAIC COLIMA WHISTLE IN THE FORM OF A WARRIOR-DANCER

Late Preclassic, circa 300 B.C. to 100 B.C.
Colima region of West Mexico, Archaic style.
Ceramic hollow sculpture.
Height: 9 in. (22.9 cm.)

Provenance: A Private Tucson, Arizona Pre-Columbian Collection, formed in the early 1960s.

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This securely adorned figure, holding a ritual baton or weapon, has multiple appliquéd layers of clay as headdress and facial protection with pellets on the upper arms and dancer's "wings" on the backside of the shoulders, wears the trappings of both a dancer and a warrior from the early Colima sculptural tradition. This archaic form has sometimes been referred to, in reference books, as the "goggle eyes" type.

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