20th-Century Reproduction West Mexican Warrior Figure
I purchased this from a dealer in Native American artifacts about 30 years ago. He had a story about an archaeologist that during the 1950s brought it out of Mexico. There was actually a pair of them.
Okay, and what did you pay for it?
$1,000 for the pair.
As a Jalisco warrior... Now, Jalisco is a state in Mexico, so it's supposed to be from West Mexico, the dates are supposed to be 200 BC to 200 A.D. Now, as a warrior, this thing is gigantic. You see the pattern up here?
So what they did is, they artificially applied the manganese. Stylistically, the face is a little bit strange, and these elements here on the side are a little bit strange. The rest of it actually conforms with what we'd expect to see in a Jalisco warrior. So we have a reproduction.
That's the bad news. The good news is, this thing is so dramatic and so large, it's worth $500 to $1,000 on the decorative market.
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