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    A Nayarit Village Scene with Pole Flyers
    West Mexico, c. 250 BC - 250 AD

    The circular platform raised on four legs, a central pole with two dancers/flyers, surrounded by thirteen-plus human figures, some of them wearing plumed headdresses, and two houses with parrots on the roof, two plates of food and two vessels on the ground. Earthenware with white, orange, and black paints. In very good condition; examined under blacklight: numerous visible glued repairs, especially to pole and arm of topmost flyer, larger parrot reattached to roof finial, remains of sticky label on the back of one of the seated figures, tip of parrot beak deficient, otherwise complete.
    The modern version of this is called palo volador, or pole flyer. It is a millennial old religious ritual that survived the Spanish conquest and remains an indigenous tradition. The ritual meaning of pole flying varies among cultural groups, but they share the idea of life and death and it is a performance to ask the deities to restore rain and fertility to the land.

    From the collection of Dr. and Mrs. Henry Gans
    Merle Oberon, California
    Sotheby's Parke Bernet, African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian Art, October 11, 1974, lot 50

    Height: 12 inches

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    Auction Dates
    December, 2019
    6th Friday
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