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PROPERTY FROM AN AMERICAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

Nayarit Seated Female Figure, San Sebastian Style
Protoclassic, Circa 100 BC - 250 AD
Estimate
12,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 18,750 USD
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PROPERTY FROM AN AMERICAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

Nayarit Seated Female Figure, San Sebastian Style
Protoclassic, Circa 100 BC - 250 AD
Estimate
12,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 18,750 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

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Nayarit Seated Female Figure, San Sebastian Style
Protoclassic, Circa 100 BC - 250 AD

Provenance

Dr Eli B. Cohen and Aimee Cohen, Los Angeles
Thence by descent
Sotheby's, New York, November 20, 2000, lot 287, consigned by the above
American Private Collection, acquired at the above auction

Exhibited

Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, long term loan, 1979 - 1980

Catalogue Note

The San Sebastian style is seen on figures along the Nayarit and Jalisco border; the large male and female couples can be distinguished by their detailed incised coiffure, tattooed designs and deep red slip surfaces. Figures seated on two-legged stools such as this female and the following male figure, are empowered individuals likely to hold leadership positions within their community.

'The enduring legacy of ceramic sculpture is not merely its artistic qualities […] the sculptures serve as a window into the heritage of power that characterized these early societies' (Butterwick, Heritage of Power: Ancient Sculpture from West Mexico, 2004, p. 35).

For the style and similar seated figures in the Andrall E. Pearson Family Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, see ibid., cat. no. 13.

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