Lot 56
  • 56

COLIMA SEATED ITHYPHALLIC FIGURE, COMALA STYLE

Estimate
8,000 - 12,000 GBP
Sold
13,750 GBP
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Description

  • terracotta

Provenance

Douglas Hague, Los Angeles
Edwin and Cherie Silver, Los Angeles, acquired from the above between 1966 -1967

Inventoried by Hasso von Winning, December 12, 1970, no. 80

Exhibited

Art Institute of Chicago, Ancient West Mexico: Art and Archaeology of the Unknown Past, September 5, 1998 - March 29, 1999

Literature

Richard F. Townsend, ed., Ancient West Mexico: Art and Archaeology of the Unknown Past, Chicago, 1998, p. 286, cat. no. 34

Catalogue Note

The ithyphallic figures are often dwarves such as this figure, showing the distinctive compressed facial features. He wears the insigna of rank or shamanic status with the disk leg and armbands, crested turban with long backflap and a shortsleeved tunic with applied pods, possibly cocoa; the oval medallion is prominently placed on the center of the chest. Gallagher (1983:40) notes that Colima small solid figurines depict ritual performers with enormous phalluses, likely in ceremonies with symbolic connections to fertility. See Townsend, ed. 1998:194, fig. 3 for the chest medallion.
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