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LOT 0531

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GBP (£) 6,000 - 8,000
EUR (€) 6,650 - 8,860
USD ($) 7,880 - 10,510

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£4,950 (EUR 5,484; USD 6,501) (+bp*)

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Mesoamerican Olmec Amethyst Kneeling Figure with Bowl

Pre-Classical Period, 1200-200 BC

A carved amethyst figurine of a nude male in kneeling pose holding a bowl between his bent knees, a water vessel on his back secured by a tumpline strap passing over the shoulders. 2.1 kg, 14.5cm (5 3/4"). Fine condition. Extremely 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 a scholarly note TL5291 by Dr Ronald Bonewitz.
Literature
See Smith, B., Mexico. A History in Art, Mexico, 1979.