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"Exotic Head Vases," Unique California Pottery Sculptures, circa Late 1940s


Exotic and dramatic, this pair of tall head vases, partially molded and partially hand-formed, depict mask-like smiling heads with chocolate-brown bodies contrasting with sage-green headdresses and bases. Although emblematic of the 1940s fascination with all things exotic, there is something different and unusual about these sculptures -- we have never seen anything like them before. Measures: 15".


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  • Condition
    Excellent. Excellent overall; one headdress has a small crack.
  • Dimensions

    H 15 in. x W 5 in. x D 5 in.

    H 38.1 cm x W 12.7 cm x D 12.7 cm

  • Seller location
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
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