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Quimbaya Female Retablo

Quimbaya Female Retablo
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Quimbaya Female Retablo
Quimbaya Female Retablo
Quimbaya Female Retablo
Quimbaya Female Retablo

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Quimbaya Retablo


A large, heavy, solid, unburnished buff slab figure from the Quimbaya culture, Caldas complex. The rarer seated female in the state of trance with extended forward down arms and legs. Adorned with incised bands painted in white representing jewelry. Rectangular-shaped head with a faint tattooed face.  The eyes and mouth are slit. The nose is largely molded with a piercing hole. The majority of slab figures have survived without paint, but little remain on some, such as the black bands across her face and white bands seen on this figure.

Five unique piercing holes running vertically down atop her head meeting up with horizontal ones on her forehead. Used to hold feathered plums to distinguish status within a social group. Both left leg and arm reattached otherwise in excellent condition.

Measures 10.5″/26.67 cm tall by 7.5”/19.05 cm wide.  Colombia 1000-1400 AD.

Provenance: Ex-Private Florida Collection

Price $1,485


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Regional Division of Pre-Columbian Americas’ Major Archaeological Cultural Phases

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