I have come across an interesting clay figurine. I was told it's pre-colombian, coming somewhere from Mexico region.
Unfortunately it's not in a good shape as one hand and head decoration are broken off. It also doesn't look like being made by a very skilled sculptor (but what do I know). Legs of the figurine are shortened on purpose and it seems like the figurine was made to be placed in a standing position. The back has no details at all.
Is there any way to say if it's a real antique and maybe pinpoint the geographical origin and time period more precisely?
Tl;dr: I got the statue at the antique shop in Paris.
The long story is, I was in Paris 4 years ago and saw a very intriguing bronze statue in a small antique shop. It was calling me to buy it somehow. I didn't have my wallet with me that day and returned the next day. But... it was 1st of May and all shops were closed. Next day I was on an airplane home.
I had dreams about that statue, tried calling the owner, wrote him e-mails, but I got no answer.
This year I returned to Paris with my family and before we saw Eiffel tower I took them to that antique shop. The shop was still there, but the statue was gone, ofcourse. Just when I wanted to leave, I heard the well known call from the top shelf in the right corner. There was this clay figurine... and now I'm here, trying to find out more.
The old owner of the shop spoke very little English and all I could understand was "pre-colombian" and "Mexico". I think he also didn't know much more.