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Home > Catalog > |Antiquities| > |Pre-Columbian Antiquities| > AH21468
Pre-Columbian, Tumaco-La Tolita, Figure and Two Heads of "Les Maladies," c. 100 - 500 A.D.
The Tumaco-La Tolita cultures were centered around the current Ecuador-Columbia border in the same period as Hellenistic Greece and Imperial Rome. Tumaco-La Tolita pottery figures are naturalistic and expressive and often rise to high artistic standards in their sensitive portrayal of the human condition. Our particular figures are today refereed to by the French name, "Les Maladies." A grimace and the left hand to the temple indicate illness and pain. Similar figures sometimes display symptoms of one of a long list of tropical diseases, including leprosy, elephantiasis, onchocercose (river blindness), and syphilis. Some of the statuettes, in addition to being afflicted with disease, have attributes of power: a headdress, necklaces, pendants and scepters.
AH21468. Sabolo p. 148; 12.5cm (4 7/8") high in stand, Choice, heads are fragments from figures, c. 100 - 500 A.D.; figure and two heads of "les Maladies" (the diseased) each with left hand to temple, a nice set with matching similar style, all on a custom stand; ex Edgar Owen (acquired from a New York ancient art dealer in the late 20th century, reported to be from a large old East Coast Pre-Columbian collection); SOLD











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