The Treasury - Fine Pre-Columbian Art


7034. A QUIMBAYA COUPLE. Columbia, Caldas complex, c. 500-1000 AD. The two seated abstract figures with extended, rotund legs, their left hands held cupped at the chest, their right hands outstretched. The rectangular-shaped heads with slit eyes and mouths and prominent, pierced noses. The figures painted overall in brown with further geometric rectangles and lines decorating the faces. Pierced along the top of the heads and the abdomens. 12 inches in height. Cf. Labbe.74,82,83 for the type. A very rare matching pair no doubt representing a man and his wife. Both pieces in generally excellent condition, a small stable hairline on the chest of the female figure. All original with no repair or restoration. See Christie's 2012 Sale 2661, lot 44 for a nearly identical single figure which brought $6875. Provenance: Acquired at Harmer Rooke Galleries in the early 1990's by the current owner.