Property from an American Private Collection
TLATILCO FIGURE OF A DANCER, TYPE DK EARLY PRECLASSIC, CIRCA 1200-900 BC
Height: 8 in (20.3 cm)
Overall very good condition. Small areas of fill in 2-3 portions of the exterior rim of the arched headdress. Two rattles missing on the proper left leg as visible in the illustration. Nice details of red pigment remaining on the jewelry.
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D. Daniel Michel, Chicago, acquired in 1964 (inventory no. 64:112)
Ancient Art of the New World, New York, acquired from the above
American Private Collection, acquired from the above in 1991
Michael D. Coe, The Jaguar's Children: Pre-Classic Central Mexico, New York, 1965, fig. 150
Leo Rosshandler, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Man- Eaters and Pretty Ladies: Early Art in Central Mexico from the Gulf to the Pacific, 1500 BC-500 AD, New York and Montreal, 1971, cat no. 102
The Museum of Primitive Art, New York, The Jaguar's Children: Pre-Classic Central Mexico, February 17-May 5, 1965
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Man-Eaters and Pretty Ladies: Early Art in Central Mexico from the Gulf to the Pacific, 1500 BC-500 AD, January 15-March 8, 1971
The tall figure of a masked dancer is adorned with the ceremonial attire befitting a large village festival. Wearing a naturalistic mask made for dancing, it shows wide oval eye areas, pierced nostrils and parted lips. The figure dances with both palms straight forward; the wide set legs adorned with large shell or seed pod rattles attached to low-slung leggings. Ear flares hang at each cheek and long tresses fall to the shoulders. See Coe, The Jaguar's Children, New York, 1965, fig. 147, for a companion figure from the Jay C. Leff collection.