Property from a Private Collection, New Mexico
NAYARIT SEATED FEMALE FIGURE, LAGUNILLAS TYPE D PROTOCLASSIC, CIRCA 100 BC-AD 250
Height: 12 ¾ in (32.4 cm)
Overall excellent condition, showing strong coloring and details. Does have a break and repair on the proper right ankle. A clean break and repair visible across the lower waist. Loss of lower pendants on proper left earring.
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Private Collection, Kansas City, acquired in December, 1969
Thence by family descent
This figure sits in a meditative pose, hands placed at her waist, her legs are outstretched and spread wide apart. This position may suggest a stage in the birthing process or may indicate fertility. Adorned with a row of pendant earrings and three necklaces, the figure bears a squared head with finely combed coiffure and a delicately pointed chin. The reddish slip covering most of the body is a typical and iconic characteristic of Lagunillas Type D. Her strong presence demonstrates the mastery with which ancient West Mexican artists handled this ceramic medium.
See Butterwick, Heritage of Power: Ancient Sculpture from West Mexico, New York, 2004, cat. no. 41, for the type.