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Jalisco Seated Figure - PF.1355
Origin: Mexico (western)
Circa: 300 BC
Dimensions: 20.3" (51.6cm) high
Collection: Pre Columbian
Medium: terra cotta


Additional Information: Sold

Location: United States
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Like Rodin's famous "Thinker", this seated figure seems lost in introspection. The potter has cleverly distributed the shape and weight of the clay so that this fellow appears to sit on an invisible chair. The oddly- shapped bubble in his mouth offers a clue to his dream-like state. It represents the hallucinogenic drug peyote, used to induce ritual visions. Taken as part of religious ceremony, peyote was believed to connect the user with the realm of the spirits. A circle of such figures may have been placed in an ancient tomb in imitation of a funeral rite. Though centuries have elapsed, we hesitate to awaken this dreamer from his trance. Surely in his most fantastic visions he could not have imagined the world in which he now finds himself. - (PF.1355)

 

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