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A  FINE PAIR OF JAMA-COAQUE BIRDS  FROM ECUADOR

A FINE PAIR OF JAMA-COAQUE BIRDS FROM ECUADOR


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CULTURE: Jama-Coaque REGION: Coastal Ecuador AGE: Ca. 500 B. C. - 500 A.D. DESCRIPTION: Two hollow avian effigies attached to a semi-circular palette measuring 6 1/8" in length by 4 1/2" in height. Each is wearing an ornate multi-strand necklace. Remnants of the original after firing red and green pigments are evident. This vessel was most likely used for ceremonial purposes to hold liquids or powders to be ingested to create a trance-like state of altered consciousness. Animals represented during this period often denoted a clan symbol so perhaps this represents the bird clan. PROVENANCE: The Lands Beyond Time