Authentic Pre-Columbian Jalisco Seated Figure. Ameca Gray Art Style. Proto-Classical Period, West Mexico
An intact hollow Jalisco male figure. From the Proto-Classical Period, circa 50 B.C. through 250 A.D. Typical of this style, the vent hole is behind the left ear.
There are remnants of manganese oxide (pigment), dendrites (slow growing microscopic fungus) and other encrustations from that period . . . all leading to the authenticity of the piece.
The figure was secured for a private collection formed in the 1960s in Laguna Beach California, USA. It was owned by two individuals until it was sold to a L.A. art gallery in 2014. The collector purchased the figure from artist Leonard Kaplan in 1965. Mr. Kaplan acquired it from Harry Franklin in the 1963-64 period. Mr. Franklin was a renowned collector and dealer in ethnographic art in Beverly Hills, California from the 1950s until the early 1980s.
I purchased the piece from a Los Angeles gallery that specializes in ancient and tribal sculpture. This group unconditionally guarantees the authenticity.
Condition is very good with an age crack in the lower back and a possible ancient repair on the left shoulder. Stand not included.
For the Serious Collector.