Colima Terracotta Head Vessel - SP.192, Origin: Western Mexico, Circa: 200 BC to 200 AD, Dimensions: 4.25" (10.8cm) high, Collection: Pre-Columbian Art, Style: Colima, Medium: Terracotta, Condition: Extra Fine. This unusual jar-like vessel has a striking presence. It holds a comical edge while also maintaining an element of the mystical. It's slight smile and slanted eyes allude to a sense of mischievousness. As a shaman figure, its exaggerated robustness suggests that the figure is so full of powers that it is nearly busting. This piece captures the Pre-Columbian spirituality in both its sense of mysticism as well as its Universal humanistic appeal used to hold magic potions used in incantations and rituals.
Ancient Central America & Mexico