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Auction Closes At: 11:06:01 03/08/2024
Time Remaining: Closed
Lot# & Name: 003. Olmec (Las Bocas) Gadrooned Tecomate
Estimate: $4,000-$6,000
Current High Bid: $1,300.00
Auction Closed(Final Price) $1,300.00

Category: Pre-Columbian Art
Sub Category: Mexico - Olmec and Pre-Classic Cultures
Culture or Country: Las Bocas, Puebla.
Period: Early Pre-Classic Period: ca. 1200 - 900 B.C.
Size: 3H. x 3-3/4W. 7.6 x 9.5 cm.

Description: Creamware pottery vessel type called a tecomate, this bowl was shaped by hand into a gourd form using coils of clay and the surface was finished by burnishing. Actual gourds of similar shape have been used for everyday storage in Mesoamerican households since at least the second millennium B.C.; the word tecomate means gourd. By emulating such a quotidian object, the potter evoked the vessel's origin in natural forms while creating an object of greater value that indicated the elevated social status of its owner. Neutron activation testing has confirmed that the Olmec white and black ceramic wares from Tlatilco, Tlapacoya and Las Bocas were made by Olmec potters at San Lorenzo in Veracruz. This vessel has especially fine, thin walls and patches of orange fire clouding which sometimes occurs on the surfaces of vessels produced in open pit firings. Intact, exc. cond. (Note: estimate listed in catalog was in error).
Provenance: Private NYC. collection, acquired at Sotheby's NYC., Nov. 21, 1988 (lot 120), ex. Arthur N. Seiff, NYC, acquired prior to 1969. Active in the 1960s and early 1970s. Exhibition History: Precolumbian Art in NYC - Selections from Private Collections: The Museum of Primitive Art, NYC., September 12 - November 9, 1969. Bibliography: Jones, Julie, Pre-Columbian Art in NYC.: Selections from Private Collections, The Museum of Primitive Art, NYC., 1969, fig. 18.
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Olmec (Las Bocas) Gadrooned Tecomate

BIDDER BID QTY Original Bid Time
1. Puddin Pie $1,300.00 1 3/8/2024 10:56:58 AM
2. Luvthisstuff $1,250.00 1 3/8/2024 10:55:26 AM
3. Puddin Pie $1,200.00 1 3/8/2024 10:55:04 AM
4. Luvthisstuff $1,100.00 1 3/8/2024 10:54:10 AM
5. Puddin Pie $1,000.00 1 3/8/2024 10:53:26 AM

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