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Auction Closes At: 14:01:00 10/05/2020
Time Remaining: Closed
Lot# & Name: 114. Mixtec Exceptional Duck Effigy Vessel
Estimate: $5,000-$8,000
Current High Bid: $3,750.00
Auction Closed(Final Price) $3,750.00

Category: Pre-Columbian Art
Sub Category: Mexico - Early Post Classic Periods
Culture or Country: Mixtec, Mexico.
Period: Late Post-Classic Period, 1200-1500 A.D.
Size: 7-3/16”H. x 9-1/8”L.

Description: Mixtec painted ceramics have a distinct style, with some design schemes resembling codex pages or figures, while others have geometric motifs or miscellaneous naturalistic elements (flowers, hands, hearts, flint knives, butterflies, jade “chachiuitl” circles), and some vessels are three-dimensional forms such as this duck vessel. Gracefully modeled, the duck body, head form, handle, spout and ring stand base establish a wonderful rhythm of curving shapes, with the eyes and wings minimally suggested in black brushwork. Neck, head, spout and handle reattached with restoration over the break lines, some restored chips to the edge of the spout rim. Mixtecs of Puebla were craftsmen who excelled in the production of small scale works in precious materials; ornaments of gold and precious stones, painted books (codices), crystal goblets, embroidered cotton garments and capes. The fans and headdresses laboriously assembled from hundreds of small tropical bird feathers; and polychrome ceramics. The Aztecs greatly admired Mixtec products. The emperor ate only from Mixtec dishes made in Cholula, Puebla and drank chocolate out of Mixtec gold cups. Nobles went to Cholula to select their Mixtec labrets and pierce their lips. There was also a ward of Mixtec craftsmen in the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan, probably near the great market place in the district known as Tlatelolco. The duck vessel is of the highest quality and was probably made in Cholula, but it should be noted that the Mixtec style was widely imitated such that in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries there was an international style throughout central Mexico and Veracruz based upon Mixteca-Puebla motifs. Even the Maya adopted a version of it in Post-Classic Yucatan through trade with the Gulf Coast.
Provenance: Private East Coast Collection. Acquired by the current collection in 2010 from Mermoz Gallery, Paris. Collection # MM54. Sources:Coe, Michael D., Royal Cities of the Ancient Maya, The Vendome Press, New York, 2012. Maudslay, Alfred P., trans. and ed., The Discovery and Conquest of Mexico 1517–1521 by Bernal Díaz del Castillo, Farrar, Straus and Cudahy, New York, 1956. Nicholson, Henry B., Art of Aztec Mexico: Treasures of Tenochtitlan, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1983. Olivier, Guilhem and Leonardo López Luján, “Images of Moctezuma and His Symbols of Power,” in Moctezuma: Aztec Ruler, McEwan, Colin and Leonardo López Luján, eds., The British Museum, London, 2009.
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Mixtec Exceptional Duck Effigy Vessel

BIDDER BID QTY Original Bid Time
1. Elagabalus $3,750.00 1 10/5/2020 2:35:21 PM
2. Picacho $3,500.00 1 10/5/2020 1:55:11 PM
3. Elagabalus $3,250.00 1 10/5/2020 1:39:25 PM
4. Picacho $3,000.00 1 10/5/2020 1:48:45 PM
5. Picacho $2,800.00 1 10/5/2020 1:42:10 PM

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