Here you find an Ancient Jama Coaque of an old Shawman. This figure dates to approx 350 BC. Ceramic figurines and vessels in this shape of human form are representative of the Jama Coaque culture. It developed around the San Isidoro sector in the North of the Manabi province in Ecuador. It is well preserved with growth deposits however there are some losses. Ie. the thumb on the right hand, ear and nose rings half remaining. However, the large necklace with a half moon pendent is still intact. Much of the colour is preserved on this figure, which is rare. Jama Coaque ceramic figures are usually bulky as in this case, and usually have round faces with wide fronts and noses and big eyes. Much emphasis is placed on personal appearance as they feature deliberate cranial deformations, sophisticated dress and head-dress, and a wide variety of ornaments including nose ornaments and ear spools. In this example the Shawman appears to be seated on a stool with one of the stool legs missing in the back. Measures 6.5" in height.
Provenance: Precolumbian Art Gallery in New York