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I purchased this amazing, detailed handmade pottery piece back in the early 1960s in a very large and reputable "rocks and gems" shop in Culver City, California. They sold polished stones, mineral specimens, arrowheads and fossils, and had a large section of ancient artifacts.
At the time I bought this, the shop owner told me it was an authentic Pre-Columbian Funerary Urn -- and that these small figural urns would have held small parts of cremated remains and such, and it would have been used in ritual ceremonies.
The seated figure is believed to be a priest or chief because of his elaborate headdress and large ear circles with their long, decorative pendants. His sits cross-legged, with some representative lesser deity, or animal, between his hands. This is quite thick, very uneven, and very heavy -- definitely hand made.
It measures approximately 5-1/8 inches high by about 3 inches wide, and is about 2-3/4 inches at the widest, from the back, to the hands in front. It is formed of very dense gold-brown fired clay, with a lot of dark brown-gray areas. Two tiny bits may have broken off the 'points' of his headdress at the very center, but otherwise this figure is fully three-dimensional, and amazingly intact.
This is a very unusual, highly decorative, and superbly interesting funerary urn -- sure to complement any folk art or, especially, a fine Pre-Columbian collection!

Pre Columbian Funerary Urn, Wonderful Ancient Artifact


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  • Vintage item
  • Material: fired clay figure with age darkened areas
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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