JALISCO WRESTLER

JALISCO WRESTLER

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Jalisco, West Mexico
Proto-Classic Period ca. 100 BCE – 100 CE
Terracotta
Height: 13 ¼ inches (33.65 cm)
Width: 9 ½ inches (24.13 cm)
Depth: 13 inches (33 cm)
Provenance: Silvia Mesa Collection, acquired by descent, mid 1960s from her grandfather; Merrin Gallery, Inc. 2015.

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COLIMA EMBRACING COUPLE

COLIMA EMBRACING COUPLE

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Colima, Mexico
100 B.C. – AD 190
Burnished Earthenware
Length: 8.6 inches (22 cm)
Width: 4.9 inches (12.5 cm)
Provenance: Ex collection Raul Kampfer 1965; private collection Edward H. Merrin 1965-1985; private collection Sam Merrin 1985.
Published: REDISCOVERED MASTERPIECES OF MESOAMERICA (page 155, fig. 205) (1985)
Exhibited: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Texas 2005-2015. LAW BUILDING, 205M WIESS GALLERY, CASE 16B

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CHORRERA PLATE WITH MONKEY

CHORRERA PLATE WITH MONKEY

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Colombia/Ecuador
9th – 4th century BCE
Height: 10.6 inches (26.9 cm)
Width: 11.8 inches (29.9 cm)
Depth: 1 inch (2.5 cm)
Provenance: Daniel Rifkin, purchased in Europe 1970s

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HACHA WITH PROFILE HEAD AND SPEECH SCROLL

HACHA WITH PROFILE HEAD AND SPEECH SCROLL

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Veracruz, Classic Period, 300 – 900 CE
Volcanic Stone
Height: 25 ½ inches (64.77 cm)
Width: 9 inches (22.86 cm)
Formerly in the Edward and Vivian Merrin Collection
Published: von Winning, Pre-Columbian Art of Mexico and Central America, [n.d.] no. 304

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MALE MASK

MALE MASK

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Mexico, Central Highlands, Tlatilco, 1200-900 BC
Terracotta with red cinnabar
Provenance: Edward H. Merrin Gallery, New York, 1968; Private New York collection

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MODELED HEAD OF A DIGNITARY

MODELED HEAD OF A DIGNITARY

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Mexico, Chiapas, possibly Palenque or Tortuguero
Maya, 400-650 AD
Lime stucco with polychrome over stone
Height: 6-1/8 inches (15.6 cm)
Width: 6-1/4 inches (16 cm)
Provenance: Edward H. Merrin, 1968; Perry Lewis, 1970’s; Lucille and Martin Kantor, 1984

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JAINA FIGURE OF A SEATED DIGNITARY

JAINA FIGURE OF A SEATED DIGNITARY

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Mexico, Maya, 600-900 AD
Terracotta, traces of polychrome
Height: 6-5/8 inches (16.83 cm)
Width: 3-1/4 inches (8.25 cm)
Provenance: Ex Kahlua collection; Ex Stendahl collection; Ex Private Collection, California

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MOSAIC HEAD PENDANT

MOSAIC HEAD PENDANT

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Maya, ca. 8th century AD
Jadeite, spondylus shell, mother-of-pearl, obsidian, wood, unidentified resinous material, & red pigment
Height: 4-3/8 inches (11 cm)
Provenance: Guennol Collection

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LIDDED EFFIGY VESSEL

LIDDED EFFIGY VESSEL

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Maya, Early Classic, 300-600 AD
BlackWare (terracotta)
Height: 7-1/8 inches (18 cm)
Width: 6-3/4 inches (17 cm)
Provenance: Edward H. Merrin, 1968
Ex Private New York Collection
Restoration: Recomposed from fragments; minor restoration

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TRUMPET

TRUMPET

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Mexico, Izapa, Chiapas, 100 BC-AD 250
Tecali and cinnabar
Length: 15-3/4 inches (40 cm)
Diameter: 2-1/2 inches (6.5 cm)
Provenance: Spanish private collection

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SEATED MALE FIGURE: ATTENTIVE LISTENER

SEATED MALE FIGURE: ATTENTIVE LISTENER

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Olmec, probably from Las Bocas, 1200-900 BC
Terracotta, cinnabar
Height: 4-3/4 inches (12 cm)
Provenance:
Edward H. Merrin Gallery, 1968
Ex private French collection
Samuel Merrin collection, 1985

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OLMEC CROUCHING FIGURE

OLMEC CROUCHING FIGURE

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Provenance:
European Private collection
Spanish Private collection
Edward H. Merrin Gallery, Inc., 1968
Published: Michael D. Coe, et al., The Olmec World – Ritual and Rulership (The Art Museum, Princeton University) Princeton, New Jersey (1995) p. 187, no. 67.

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EFFIGY VOTIVE AXE

EFFIGY VOTIVE AXE

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Mexico, Olmec
Preclassic, 1000- 500 B.C.
Stone
Height: 10-1/4 in (26cm)
Width: 5-7/8 in (15cm)
Depth: 4-3/4 in (12cm)

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MASKETTE WITH INCISIONS

MASKETTE WITH INCISIONS

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Mexico, La Venta, Tabasco Olmec, 900-600 BC
Pale green stone
Height: 2-5/8 inches (6.5 cm)
Width: 2-3/8 inches ( 6.2 cm)
Provenance: Edward H. Merrin, personal collection 1968; Leonard Bernheim, New York, 1973
Published: Michael D. Coe, et al., The Olmec World – Ritual and Rulership, The Art Museum, Princeton University [Princeton, 1995] p. 199, no. 85.
Exhibited: “The Olmec World – Ritual and Rulership”, The Art Museum, Princeton University, 16 December 1995- 25 February 1996, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 14 April – 9 June 1996

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TECALI MASK

TECALI MASK

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Mexico, Teotihuacan, 200-650 AD
Height: 5 inches (12.8 cm)
Width: 5 inches (12.8 cm)
Depth: 2.36 inches (6 cm)
Provenance: David Bramhall, New York, 1960’s; Bill Lucas, California, 1960’s
Published: Jean-Louis Sonnery and Gerald Berjonneau, “Rediscovered Masterpieces – Mexico – Guatemala – Honduras”, Boulogne, France, 1985, no. 137.
Exhibited: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Snite Museum, Notre Dame University

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CEREMONIAL EAR OF CORN

CEREMONIAL EAR OF CORN

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Mexico, Olmec, 1000-500 BC
Translucent blue-green jadite
Height: 6.5 inches (16.5 cm)
Width: 1.5 inches (4 cm)
Provenance: Edward H. Merrin Gallery, 1968
Exhibitions: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1981-1992

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STANDING FIGURE

STANDING FIGURE

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Mexico, Olmec-Teotihuacan, ca. 1-250 AD
Jade
Height: 9 inches (22.9 cm)
Provenance: Jay C. Leff collection, Uniontown, Pennsylvania, prior to 1959
Exhibitions: “Exotic Art from Ancient and Primitive Civilizations – Collection of Jay C. Leff,” Carnegie Institute, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, 15 October 1959 – 3 January 1960; “Ancient Art of Latin America, from the Collection of Jay C. Leff,” The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York, 22 November 1966 – 5 March, 1967.

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