Pre-Columbian, Central America, Panama, Macaracas Phase, more commonly referred to as Cocle, ca. 800 to 1200 CE. A finely painted pedestal terracotta plate, elaborately decorated on the interior with an abstract representation of an anthropomorphic shaman effigy - possessing both avian and human traits, most likely indicating the shaman is in the midst of transforming. The composition adorns the entire surface - painted in hues of red, black, tan, and purple -- the purple being a particularly rare pigment to find. Scholars suggest that the binary design motifs such figures possess most likely denoted the shaman's ability to mediate the biosphere. However, their precise meaning and significance of all the details of this iconography has yet to be revealed by future research. The pedestal of this piece is painstakingly painted with a stylized geometric, diamond like pattern in this same color scheme and boasts nice openwork as well. A wonderful example from the ancients of Central America. Size: 10.75" W x 6.75" H (27.3 cm x 17.1 cm)
Condition: Plate shows signs of repair, minor surface wear, and small nick to foot, but overall a strong representation.
Provenance: Ex-private Jeffries Collection, Oregon
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