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LOT 0530

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EUR (€) 4,430 - 6,640
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Bid History: 1   |   Current bid: £3,150

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Bid History: 1   |   Current bid: £3,150

Mesoamerican Mayan Jadeite Pelota-Player Figure

500 BC-250 AD

A carved jadeite figure of a nude male sitting with one leg raised, right hand resting on the knee, wearing a segmented collar and elaborate headdress with feathered crest and tail; probably a player of the pelota ball-game. 1.4 kg, 12.8cm (5"). Fine condition. Very rare.

Provenance
Property of an Italian collector living in Torino; part of her family's collection since 1965; by descent from her grandmother in 1993; accompanied by a copy of the Italian export permit and an academic report by Emilio J. Bejarano Erosa (Director of the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, Mexico, 1968-1982); also accompanied by scholarly note TL 5290 by Dr Ronald Bonewitz.
Literature
See Smith, B., Mexico. A History in Art, Mexico, 1979, p.94.