ORIGIN: Ecuador/ Manabi Province-North Coast Of Ecuador
AGE: Ca. 500 B. C. - 500 A. D.
DESCRIPTION: An anthropomorphic figure attached by a small bridge to a wide based jar that flares upward to a small opening. The figure stands 5" in height by 6 1/2" in length. The ornate figure is wearing a large semi- rounded headdress, long dangling ear adornments, a necklace with a large center pendant, a nose ring, and a decorated tunic extending to the knees. The jar is adorned with applied phytomorphic elements...a branch with leaves stands out. Much of the original red, yellow, and green pigment still remain. The Jama-Coaque were advanced seafarers and skilled artisans in both textiles and ceramic figures. They are best known for their brilliant imaginative ceramic creations of human and animal forms created for ritual usage. Figures were richly adorned and dress and ornament defined clans and rank. The culture was completely destroyed with the arrival of the Spanish.
PROVENANCE: The gallery of The Lands Beyond Time