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Lot 70A: Colima Redware Pottery Reclinatorio - Avian & Human
27 October 2016
Louisville, CO, USALive Auction
Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Colima, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. Reclinatorios such as this were used by individuals of high rank to support their heads and backs when seated. The iconography of this form is comprised of a stylized human body, especially the lower part, with legs sticking out to form part of the supports, and then twin avian head forms giving added decoration. A hollow spout rises from the top of the item. This abstract type of form was perhaps to signify a metaphor for dreams which often assume surreal transitional states. In addition to this complex symbolism, the piece is a wonderful exemplar of Colima technique and styling. Note the virtuosic combination of geometric yet simultaneously curvilinear forms not to mentions the warm red glaze of this terracotta form.
Provenance: Ex-NYC collection, Ex Will Barnet, American Artist
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Condition Report: Intact, with manganese deposits