ORIGIN: ECUADOR / MANABI PROVINCE / COAST
AGE: Ca. 500 B.C. - 500 A.D.
DESCRIPTION: A six sided star shaped sello from Ecuador measuring 3" in diameter by 2" in depth. It comes mounted on a top museum quality metal stand which gives it a 6" overall height. There is constant turmoil within archaeological circles as to the function of these "sellos"...seals...They were made in different sizes and shapes by almost all of the PreColumbian Cultures. Some say they were used for body adornment...tattooing...but to date there is no physical evidence of this use. I read one article that described an ancient pastry-like food item found in a dry cave with designs impressed into it resembling sello marks. One day there will be a definitive answer. With its solid base this piece is excellent for display as an example of ancient artistry...on a table or mantle piece. Provenance:
Whitehawk Ethnographic Show, 2009.