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Auction Closes At: 10:22:00 03/02/2020
Time Remaining: Closed
Lot# & Name: 012. Olmec Incised Ceramic Cup
Estimate: $3,000-$5,000
Current High Bid: $1,500.00
Auction Closed(Final Price) $1,500.00

Category: Pre-Columbian Art
Sub Category: Mexico - Olmec and Pre-Classic Cultures
Culture or Country: Las Bocas, Mexico.
Period: Ca. 1200-900 B.C.
Size: 3-3/4” x 3-1/2”.

Description: Cream-tan color pottery example, having an excised decoration of the schematic eyebrow motif and triangular pupil of the Olmec dragon. Olmec artisans were extremely adept at using the pairs pro toto principle, in which a part or parts of an image could represent the whole. Some remaining traces of red and black pigment highlights. Scattered mineral deposits on the surface. There is some fire clouding on the vessel, which sometimes occurs on the surfaces of vessels produced in pit firings. Repaired from two large original pieces with break lines somewhat visible. A nice example. Sources: Joralemon, Peter David, A Study of Olmec Iconography, Studies in Pre-Columbian Art and Archaeology, Number 7, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, D.C., 1971. Joralemon, Peter David, “The Olmec Dragon: A Study in Pre-Columbian Iconography,” in Origins of Religious Art and Iconography in Preclassic Mesoamerica, Henry B. Nicholson, ed., UCLA Latin American Center Publications, Los Angeles, 1976, pgs. 27–71. Joralemon, Peter David, “In Search of the Olmec Cosmos: Reconstructing the World View of Mexicos First Civilization,” in Olmec Art of Ancient Mexico, Benson, Elizabeth P. and Beatriz de la Fuente, eds., National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1996, pgs. 51–59.
Provenance: Private NYC collection, acquired by the current collection in 1989, ex. Merrin Gallery, New York.
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Olmec Incised Ceramic Cup

BIDDER BID QTY Original Bid Time
1. Elagabalus $1,500.00 1 3/2/2020 10:14:26 AM

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