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Jalisco Figure of a Chief, Ameca-Etzatlán Style, Protoclassic, circa 100 BC - AD 250

Estimate:

30,000 - 50,000 USD

Property from the Estate of Patsy R. Taylor

Jalisco Figure of a Chief, Ameca-Etzatlán Style, Protoclassic, circa 100 BC - AD 250

Jalisco Figure of a Chief, Ameca-Etzatlán Style, Protoclassic, circa 100 BC - AD 250

Estimate:

30,000 - 50,000 USD

Lot sold:

81,900

USD

Property from the Estate of Patsy R. Taylor

Jalisco Figure of a Chief, Ameca-Etzatlán Style

Protoclassic, circa 100 BC - AD 250


Height: 19 1/2 in (49.5 cm)

Excellent condition overall, only exception is clean break and repair at the neck visible as shown. Minor breaks and repairs include pressure crack on proper right risk. On the beaded legband on the proper right leg, missing two beads as shown. Fingers and toes all appear intact. Excellent patina and manganese.


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Edward H. Merrin, New York
Gray and Patsy R. Taylor, Greenwich, acquired from the above in April, 1971
The masterful modeling and quality of this male figure reflect his importance as a revered high ranking ancestor of the community. With his strong and youthful physique, he leans back on his left hand with his right hand outstretched above his knee. He is fully engaged in a motion of both readiness and ease. His head is turned slightly with wide alert eyes, conveying confidence and authority. The liveliness, engaging expression, and lustrous coloring, make this figure a defining example of the great art of the Ameca-Etzatlán region.

He wears the signature constricting arm and leg bands, each decorated with rows of applied beads, trunks covering his upper thighs and a headband centering a circular medallion. A group of closely related figures are believed to represent the chiefs or ballplayers of the community. The ballgame was a well established ceremonial activity that leaders participated in as part of the maintenance of social status and authority.

For similar figures, see Richard F. Townsend, ed., Ancient West Mexico: Art and Archaeology of the Unknown Past, Chicago, 1998, p. 20, fig. 8, cat. no. 116, and p. 157, fig. 8, cat. no. 131.