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Pre-Columbian Chupicuaro Tied-Down “Pretty Lady,” Figure, Ca. 400 BC

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Seller: uniqueantique34 (1,508) 100%, Location: New York, New York, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 272469629879 Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Pre-Columbian Chupicuaro Tied-Down “Pretty Lady,” Figure, Ca. 400 BC From ancient Mexico please find an exceedingly rare clay tied down “pretty lady” figure. The figure is strapped to a paneled pallet, with its arms tightly constrained. The piece most likely depicts a female, as males were invariably portrayed with pom-poms on the feet. She is adorned with headdress, broad necklace, and large circular earrings—suggesting that she is a dignitary. Her eyes show the culture’s defining slant, and traces of traditional reddish-brown, black, and white paint color her headdress, necklace, restraint, and eyes. While she herself is in excellent condition and thoroughly intact, the larger piece itself is lacking the complete pallet, as a foot-canopy has apparently been lost as well as the relatively small section beneath her head (and another presumed canopy). But she displays excellently on her custom mount, and well reflects the beautiful sculptural artistry for which her culture has won wide acclaim. Tied down Chupicuaro “pretty lady” figures—in any condition—are a very rare find. One might note that such tied-down figures, an ancient Mesoamerican cross-cultural genre, are an archaeological mystery: Do they reflect constrained victims of psychiatric or fever-delirium? Were they sacrificial victims? Found in graves, were they intended to keep the dead company in the after-life? Archaeologists ponder the answers. 3 inches tall. Excellent provenance: formerly of the Weisman Collection. Acquired in the 1950s-60s.

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