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PROPERTY FROM AN AMERICAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

Colima Seated Figure
Protoclassic, Circa 100 BC - 250 AD
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 11,875 USD
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PROPERTY FROM AN AMERICAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

Colima Seated Figure
Protoclassic, Circa 100 BC - 250 AD
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 11,875 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Colima Seated Figure
Protoclassic, Circa 100 BC - 250 AD

Provenance

Stendahl Gallery, Los Angeles
Jacques Sarlie, New York
Alvin & Estelle Abrams, New York, acquired from the above in 1968
Sotheby's, New York, May 15, 2003, lot 237
American Private Collection, acquired at the above auction

Literature

Hasso von Winning, Pre-Columbian Art of Mexico and Central America, New York, 1968, p. 89, pl. 72

Catalogue Note

The 'saber-shin' ceramic figures of ancient West Mexico were often also hunchbacks. Persons with physical abnormalities were given special recognition for their shamanistic abilities. This figure is clearly poised in a trance state and wears a cap with a long rectangular flap extending down the back. See Townsend, Ancient West Mexico, 1998, p. 241, fig. 18, for a saber-shinned figure in an hallucinogenic ritual. See also Sotheby's, New York, May 15, 2015, lot 52, for a figure formerly in the Nelson A. Rockefeller collection.

Art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas

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