Posted 1 year ago
“Like” pre-Columbian female figure since I can’t tell actual age or if this a good knock-off. See my comments regarding lack of quality later. Size is approximately 10” tall, 6 1/4” wide, and 5 1-2” deep. Weighs approximately 5 pounds. Handmade light brown/tan clay/terracotta female figure kneeling, left hand holding large substantial bowl, right hand holding right temple/side of head, large bulging eyes, slightly downturned mouth, a sash or belt at waist and small cap on head. No appearance of hair but the breasts appear female and nipple areas have distinctive darker brown perfect circles. This may’ve been done by firing which is how I believe the overall darkened areas on this piece happened possibly. So I believe this is a female even though hair isn’t apparent to me. She has a slightly poochy belly. She has cupped ears. No jewelry. The figure appears to be in one of the three Jalisco styles of clay coloring I saw in my hours of research. There may be more known Jalisco styles that I haven’t come across yet. If it is an actual Jalisco pre-Columbian figure I don’t know which era. Very rough condition with blobs of sandy-feeling mud clay. Unglazed. Picture #4 is a close-up of one of the hardened mud blobs with a couple pieces of grass? sticking out. I didn’t include an overall picture of this particular blob area (this one is located between back of bowl to abdomen) since I had to pick 4 pics, but if anyone wants to see other angles, etc, I can delete and replace some pictures. Other blobs of sandy mud appear under right arm, right ear/right side of head, and other bits and pieces of sandy mud here and there. Also, in picture #3, on the inside of her thighs and bottom of bowl it appears to me someone actually scraped away the clay, revealing blue paint. That damage could’ve been caused some other way besides a person scraping it, but I can’t imagine how. In all the hours I spent trying to find similar examples of pre-Columbian figures I didn’t see such a sloppy job on their finished products. Damage includes chips here and there like front of bowl, under right breast, and other places that appear to be old chips bc of the aging color where the chips are. In most chipped places, with the help of my loupe, you can see very vivid colors of mustard, red, blue and possibly a little white, as if originally had a painted decoration on her. No mark that I can read. Any input or thoughts are welcomed.