A Cocle earthenware bichrome vessel
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All Items: Archives: Regional Art: Pre AD 1000: item # 824489
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|The simple beauty of this narrow-mouthed jar contrasts dramatically with the ornately decorated polychrome ceramics typically found among the Cocle culture of Panama. The chiefdoms of the Isthmus region used ceramic and gold-work as expressions of knowledge and control over the supernatural forces of their world. The idea of open space is rarely seen on the intricately painted ceramics of this time, ca. AD 600-800. Perhaps denoting the undulating body of a dragon or serpent creature or the 'invisible life stream' itself, the handsome banding on this squat jar catches the eye today as it surely did more than 1200 years ago. In very good condition with a narrow section missing and stabilized cracks radiating out from the gap at both ends. Almost as tall as it is wide, the vessel measures 4"H x 4.50" Diam.|