RB FINE ARTS JANUARY, ART & ANTIQUE AUCTION
Hollow terracotta "sonrientes" of which this one is typical, are highly atypical of most Mesoamerican sculpture as they are always depicted smiling. Like so many pre-Columbian artifacts, sonrientes are found in burials, which by modern Western standards, seems no occasion for cheer. Perhaps their makers had inside knowledge about the Other Side lacked by us. This example stands approximately 17". It, and many lots forthcoming, are from the estate of a true antiquity connoisseur in every sense of the word. This antiquarian truly enjoyed the treasures collected as well as world travel, humanitarianism, and missionary work. This monumental Central Florida collection compiled in their lifetime of art and cultural touchstones is presented in this and many more future sales. Please carefully read our terms of sale, shipping information, and request any condition reports or photos prior to placing a bid. Any condition statement is given as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. RBFineArts CFL INC. shall have no responsibility for any error or omission. The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections, or the effects of aging. Please email for a condition report and photos, if desired. Emails should be received at least 48 hours in advance of the date of the auction.
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