Artifacts - Mexico and Central America
Burnished Effigy Vessel
origin; Western Mexico, probably Nayarit,
possibly Colima or Jalisco
collected circa 1970
From a California private collection
Fabulous Example of a Western Mexican effigy pottery vessel. Red / Brown clay with a mottled patina from age and burial. Distinctive waisted hourglass form with flared rim. Anthropomorphic effigy neck with open mouth, lozenge shaped eyes, protruding ears. Rope-like arms raised to sides of head.
Faint traces of multi-colored pigment, mostly faded away by age. Fishbone pattern linear design faintly visible, typical of works from Nayarit. Traces of black, white, and red slip with black spotting typical of the region. Concave base. Signs of burnishing overall.
Very good condition. Some light chipping at rim. No cracks. No repairs. Lovely patina.
dimensions: approx 7" diameter x 8" tall
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