Lot 137
  • 137

Nayarit Standing Couple, Ixtlán del Rio style Protoclassic, circa 100 BC-AD 250

20,000 - 30,000 USD
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  • ceramic
  • Height (both): 12 in (30.5 cm)


John Jordan, Los Angeles
Edwin and Cherie Silver, Los Angeles, acquired from above between 1968 and 1970

Inventoried by Hasso von Winning, December 12, 1970, no. 30, a and b


Fowler Museum of Cultural History, UCLA, Los Angeles, Companions of the Dead, October 11 - November 27, 1983


Jacki Gallagher, Companions of the Dead, Ceramic Tomb Sculpture from Ancient West Mexico,  UCLA, 1983, p. 12, color plate 7

Catalogue Note

The highly adorned ancestral couple is notable for the nearly identical faces, body type and ornamentation that is characteristic of the Ixtlán style and is particularly well defined on these figures. 

Their compact, stout bodies each have a shortened left arm, the female holds a stripped bowl to her shoulder and the male displays a large stripped crescentic implement. Their youthful faces are flanked by flaring earlobes applied with sets of hoop earrings, nose ornaments of a curved shell, and the tapering heads are encircled by plush rounded headbands of decorated textile. Their detailed clothing includes the woman's wrap skirt patterned with two rows of opposed triangular design, and the male's short-sleeved tunic of alternating quadrants of stylized serpents and stepped motifs. Each figure wears a cascade of multiple necklaces of tiny beads, with distinctive whitened eyes, fingers and toes.