ORIGIN: Ecuador / Coastal Manabi Provence
AGE: Ca. 500 B. C. - 500 A. D.
DESCRIPTION: This particularly large figure ( 12 3/8" high, by 6" wide, by 7" deep) is arguably one of the finest pieces available for private purchase in the last few years.
The figure is wearing an ornate headpiece topped by a tall stylized crown. He has large ear spools, a necklace with a massive round pendant, an upper tunic with fabric designs, a nose labrette, and double calf and ankle bracelets. He is holding a cup in one hand and a "paccha" (an agricultural implement used to guarantee an abundant harvest in the other hand.) One end of the hollow paccha would have been inserted into the soil and a liquid (possibly corn beer) poured through the exposed end. The beginning of the growing season was of paramount importance as a good crop would insure the welfare of the culture. He is appropriately attired for such an important event to mark a critical time during the calendar year. After firing pigments of cinnamon brown and white are still evident. PROVENANCE: Lost World Artifacts