AGE: Ca. 600 - 100 A. D.
SIZE: 12" in height by 11" at the widest diameter
DESCRIPTION: A superb example of understated elegance. This large bisqueware vessel is in mint condition. It is perfectly symmetrical
with its rounded bottom and delicate spout.
It is lovingly adorned with two three inch frog overlays. The frog in the Pre-Columbian world often represented rain and abundance. A jar this large was most likely used to hold water. It is simplicity and understatement at its best.
PROVENANCE: This Cocle/Chiriqui collection which originally comprised over 500 pieces was inherited by the son of Dr. Glen E. Murphy who was reputed to have amassed the largest personal collection of Pre-Columbian artifacts from Panama in the world. He worked in Panama for over 20 years and later became the President of The Canal Zone University and then returned to the U.S. and became a well known instructor at The Daytona Beach Community College. All pieces were exported to the U.S. with proper legal paperwork that will be presented upon purchase. He donated many artifacts, both pottery and gold, to The Smithsonian Institution and The Rockefeller Museum and split the remainder of the collection among his three children.