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A red-slipped earthenware Colima seated pottery figure of a shaman, with his head twisted to the left, the back of the head with a spout, with incised decoration


Protoclassic West Mexico: Circa 100 BC.- 250 AD.


Condition: Minor repairs to the legs, otherwise complete and intact

Height 36.3 cms (14.3 ins).


Provenance: Bonhams, London, 24 May 2016, lot 21 (where sold for £1875)


The shaman is posed in a ceremonial gesture, turned sharply to his left (the direction evil spirits were believed to approach from), and blowing into his raised hand. Conjecture might suggest that the figure, with its twisting, dramatic pose, pugnacious expression, and upraised right hand clenched in a fist, was protecting the tomb into which it had been placed as a guardian.

Large Colima figure of a shaman: Protoclassic Mexico - ex Bonhams

SKU: K194

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