Colima Painted Figure, Ancient West Mexico Pre-Columbian Art

Colima Painted Figure

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Late Preclassic Period, ca. 300-100 B.C., Colima, West Mexico.

This female statuette wearing a most unusual headdress, which consists of an appliquéd ‘twisted turban’ surmounted by two rows of solid pellet ornamentation, and a row of feather-like cylindrical forms in a fan-like configuration, is also decorated with appliquéd ‘cicatrice’ shoulder pellets, ear spools, chinstrap, and a necklace with a complex central medallion. She has highly detailed facial features, a burnished pinkish-beige buff, with clear remains of black painted geometric designs from her torso down to just below the knees. This lady is a very unique example of the Tuxcacuesco-Ortices substyle of Colima sculpture.

Provenance: The state of preservation of the painted design is very rare. She has been in a museum-quality Los Angeles County collection for the past 40+ years.

Condition: There is a very small chip in the backside of the necklace strand. This statuette is in otherwise excellent condition. She is delicately mounted on a custom teak stand with flexible metal braces.

Height: approx. 6 in. (15.24 cm.)

Price: SOLD