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P-3807 AN OUTSTANDING JALISCO BALLPLAYER, AMECA GRAY STYLE

Protoclassic, circa 100 B.C. to A.D. 250.
Jalisco Region, West Mexico.
Ceramic hollow sculpture.
Height: 14 inches (35.6 cm.)

Provenance: 1) A Private New York Collection formed during the early 1960s. 2) The Tim Misenhimer Collection, Bel Air, California.

Price: $18,000.

This ballplayer is in an active but a stable stance in anticipation of a ball game, knees bent, in an almost defensive action. He holds a weapon with three points in his left hand, and the ball in the right. He wears a helmet-like headdress adorned with a red crest. He wears the thick, red protective shorts of a ballplayer, and portrays ample-sized feet, enhancing stability. He has been identified as one of a few very highly refined works of a master sculptor in ancient Jalisco.

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