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LOT 0529

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GBP (£) 7,000 - 9,000
EUR (€) 7,750 - 9,970
USD ($) 9,140 - 11,750

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£5,850 (EUR 6,478; USD 7,639) (+bp*)

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Mesoamerican Toltec Basalt Birthing Figure

Post-Classical Period, 10th-12th century AD

A carved basalt figure of a nude female crouching with hands holding her hips, giving birth to an infant whose head appears between her thighs; ribbed hairstyle with transverse band, inset calcium panels to the eyes and earrings. 6.6 kg, 23cm (9"). 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, an academic report by Emilio J. Bejarano Erosa (Director of the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, Mexico, 1968-1982); and a eleven page positive scientific report from Adamantio srl of Torino, Italy.
Literature
See Smith, B., Mexico. A History in Art, Mexico, 1979.