Ceramic Religious Figure Priest Monk with Child South American Antiquity c. 1600s
> Provenance: Owner's father purchased this piece with several other antiquities at auction at Cathedral Galleries in New York in the early 1970s, prior to that, unknown
> According to a label from the 1970's purchase, piece was said to be about 400 years old and from South America
> Piece measures 9 inches tall, including the base, which stands about 2 inches tall
> Piece is made of ceramic or plaster, smoothed and sculpted, and then painted
> There may be carved wood or hollow spaces in the interior, as the piece feels lighter than a solid ceramic sculpture would be, but this is unknown
> Figures have been painted to have white faces and white clothing for the child, and red lips
> Surface of the piece is uneven all over
> Figure is wearing a robe or habit with a belt hanging down the front and a hood at the collar
> There is a child or childlike figure in the monk's left hand and his right hand is raised
> Figure is positioned on a tiered rectangular base
> Weight is 7.2 ounces
> Piece will be carefully packaged for safe shipping
CONDITION: Piece is very old, but is intact with no broken segments. There is a 1/4 inch square paint chip on the front of the base. Colors are still evident, but have faded. Piece seems generally rounded and indistinct, e.g., the monk's hand is a roundish shape, with no details of the wrist or fingers. There is a bit of dust in the crevices, and we will leave it to the buyer for any professional cleaning.
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