This large (9 1/2" in height by 8 1/2" long by 4" wide) Jamacoaque Shaman figure comes from Ecuador and dates C.A. 200-600 A.D. The massive figure depicts a shaman in a deep trance in the process of morphing into a monkey. His face is loosing its human form and his feet have already become monkey claws. He is wearing an outrageously ornate headpiece,a huge chest pectoral, woven fabric attire, and he is carrying a basket on his back with a small humanoid creature rising up. The lower part of the basket is adorned with cocoa beans. He is mounted on a long square tray which would have been used to inhale various mind altering powders. He is exceptional in size and complexity. Most pieces of this quality are either in private collections or museums. They rarely, if ever, appear on the market for purchase. Provenence: An old private Florida collection.