Colima Turtle, Ancient West Mexico Pre-Columbian Art

P-2566 A Colima Turtle with Personality

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Protoclassic, ca. 100 B.C. to A.D. 250

Protoclassic, ca. 100 B.C. to A.D. 250, with burnished bi-chrome light reddish brown slip and darker red slip, this turtle has bulging eyes, as if inlaid with semi-precious stones, exuding a vivacious personality. He is decorated with multiple rows of incised triangle and diamond forms, each with incised center, and rows of ticking along the flanging edges of the carapace. The overall design is unique among Colima turtles. The tail points upward from the rear of the shell as the vented spout.

Condition: This turtle has one minor age crack along the base, but no breaks. He is in otherwise excellent condition.

Dimensions: Height: approx. 4 in. (10.2 cm.); Length: 10 in. (25.4 cm).

Provenance: From a Riverside County, California Collection.