Tuxcacuesco-Ortices Style Colima Terracotta Sculpture of a Standing Man - PF.2413,Origin: Colima, Mexico,Circa: 300 BC to 100 BC,Dimensions: 6.75" (17.1cm) high x 2.875" (7.3cm) wide,Collection: Pre-Columbian,Style: Tuxcacuesco-Ortices,Medium: Terracotta. The state of Colima, located in the pacific coast region of West Mexico, supported a thriving ancient culture, which, between about 300 B.C. and 600 A.D. produced a remarkable type of ceramic art. The terracotta sculptures created in Colima, as seen in this sculpted male figure, are full of timeless spirit and vitality. Intended for burial with the dead, these ancient figures accompanied the deceased into the netherworld, performing a complex number of social and religious functions. This distinctive figure, his flattened body in a standing posture, joins his arms together at the waist and cradles a conical- shaped object. While beady eyes stare out at us, his nose supports a decorative round ornament. Large ear spools, an ornate headdress and a beaded necklace further enhance his striking face. The armbands, incised loincloth and hints of the original black and white paint complete this spirited image, his commanding presence steeped in ancient magic and mystery.
Ancient Central America & Mexico