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Impressive Nayarit Pottery Seated Nude Female
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Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Nayarit, Protoclassic period, ca. 100 BCE to 250 CE. A fabulous and quite massive clay sculpture of a seated female depicted nude with a long, rectangular torso, bulging, tubular legs, pointed breasts, and attenuated arms. The figure sits on a two-legged stool as she places her hands on her flat stomach, displaying carefully delineated fingers. Her sizable head features a round chin, a straight mouth, an enormous, curved nose, and slender eyes topped by an arched brow. Enveloped in a lustrous burnish and a vibrant hue of russet, the ancient female is shown nude, save several hooped earrings that adorn each of her ears and a headdress composed of raised undulating bands. Size: 9.75" W x 24.25" H (24.8 cm x 61.6 cm)

Clay figures like this one are the only remains that we have today of this sophisticated and unique culture in West Mexico. The Nayarit made no above-ground monuments or sculptures, at least that we know of, which is in strong contrast to developments elsewhere in ancient Mesoamerica. Instead, their tombs were their lasting works of art: skeletons arrayed radially with their feet positioned inward, and clay offerings, like this one, placed alongside the walls facing inward, near the skulls. A large effigy like this one would most likely have flanked the entrance to a tomb in a way that archaeologists have interpreted as guarding. Some scholars have posited that these dynamic sculptures of the living provided a strong contrast to the skeletal remains whose space they shared, and have suggested that they mediated between the living and the dead.

Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection; ex-Roy Oswald collection, Arizona, USA, 1960 to 2004

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Display stands not described as included/custom in the item description are for photography purposes only and will not be included with the item upon shipping.

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Condition
Repaired from several pieces. Expected surface wear as shown with light char marks in areas. Otherwise, excellent with nice manganese blooms throughout.
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Impressive Nayarit Pottery Seated Nude Female

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0161A: Impressive Nayarit Pottery Seated Nude Female

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Est. $2,800 - $4,200Starting Price $1,400
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Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Nayarit, Protoclassic period, ca. 100 BCE to 250 CE. A fabulous and quite massive clay sculpture of a seated female depicted nude with a long, rectangular torso, bulging, tubular legs, pointed breasts, and attenuated arms. The figure sits on a two-legged stool as she places her hands on her flat stomach, displaying carefully delineated fingers. Her sizable head features a round chin, a straight mouth, an enormous, curved nose, and slender eyes topped by an arched brow. Enveloped in a lustrous burnish and a vibrant hue of russet, the ancient female is shown nude, save several hooped earrings that adorn each of her ears and a headdress composed of raised undulating bands. Size: 9.75" W x 24.25" H (24.8 cm x 61.6 cm)

Clay figures like this one are the only remains that we have today of this sophisticated and unique culture in West Mexico. The Nayarit made no above-ground monuments or sculptures, at least that we know of, which is in strong contrast to developments elsewhere in ancient Mesoamerica. Instead, their tombs were their lasting works of art: skeletons arrayed radially with their feet positioned inward, and clay offerings, like this one, placed alongside the walls facing inward, near the skulls. A large effigy like this one would most likely have flanked the entrance to a tomb in a way that archaeologists have interpreted as guarding. Some scholars have posited that these dynamic sculptures of the living provided a strong contrast to the skeletal remains whose space they shared, and have suggested that they mediated between the living and the dead.

Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection; ex-Roy Oswald collection, Arizona, USA, 1960 to 2004

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to recent increases of shipments being seized by Australian & German customs (even for items with pre-UNESCO provenance), we will no longer ship most antiquities and ancient Chinese art to Australia & Germany. For categories of items that are acceptable to ship to Australia or Germany, please contact us directly or work with your local customs brokerage firm.

Display stands not described as included/custom in the item description are for photography purposes only and will not be included with the item upon shipping.

#161610
Condition
...
Repaired from several pieces. Expected surface wear as shown with light char marks in areas. Otherwise, excellent with nice manganese blooms throughout.

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