Large Standing Female Figure Artist: Unknown

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Ceramic with traces of pigment


9 × 4 9/16 × 2 7/8 in. (22.9 × 11.7 × 7.2 cm)

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The Pepper Collection; The Barth Collection; Dr. Melvin Silverman, Los Angeles, 1970s; sold to the Royal Athena Galleries, 1986 [see note 1]. With Art for Eternity, Howard Nowes Ancient Art ( 10434) [see note 1]. sale, Arte Primitivo, New York, 2013, lot 2; Arte Primitivo, New York, May 26, 2020, lot 20 [see note 2]; sold to Peter David Joralemon, New York, May 26, 2020 (on loan to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., from 2021)

Note 1: According to the Royal Athena Galleries, Female Figure was purchased from Dr. Silverman in 1986, and that the object was previously with the “Pepper” and “Barth” Collections (email from Alan Eisenberg to Megan Doyon, April 2021, curatorial object file). No further information is available on the Pepper and Barth Collections. Research into the ownership history of Female Figure is ongoing.

Note 2: A paper label on the left shoulder of Female Figurine reads “Art for Eternity 10434”

Note 3: Arte Primitivo erroneously lists Female Figurine as published in Dr. Michael Coe, The Jaguars Children (Museum of Primitive Art: New York), 1965

  • Michael D. Coe, The Jaguar's Children: Pre-Classic Central Mexico (Greenwich, Conn.: Museum of Primitive Art, 1965).

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