|Ca. 1200-1500 A.D. - Mexico|
Highly decorated large conch shell having overall carved, incised and openwork decoration including an upper row of trophy heads having long hair intertwined, connecting them together. Wide lower register depicting an elaborate and complicated scene of deities and zoomorphs. Some remaining original red pigment highlighting the decoration. Three of the original remain, the others are worn away, loss in the center of the shell and a few minor losses. Probably one of the more important examples of ancient Pre-Columbian carved shell art. Custom metal base. Sotheby’s, NYC, May 2010, lot 49.
|Provenance: Benjamin Johnson collection, acquired before 1970’s. Ex. Sotheby’s.|
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