Lot 111
  • 111

A Fine Nayarit Standing Couple, Ixtlán del Rio style, Protoclassic, ca. 100 B.C.-A.D. 250

20,000 - 30,000 USD
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each with boldly painted body decoration and clothing, distinguished by large lunate eyes and prominent jewelry, the female holding the bowl to her shoulder, the male wielding a fan in the raised arm.


Julius Carlebach Gallery, New York

Acquired from the above,1959

Catalogue Note

This couple is distinguished by the extremely animated facial features, the detailed body designs and clothing, and the elaborate jewelry. The body tattoos on the male figure include clear images of serpents or snakes, while the female's are more abstract; both very likely clan references and totemic associations.  For a similar standing pair in the St. Louis Art Museum, see Parsons (1980:cat. no. 78).