CULTURE: Chiriqui ORIGIN: Panama / Chiriqui Provence AGE: Ca. 600 - 1200 A. D. SIZE: 8 1/2" in height by 8 1/2" at the widest diameter DESCRIPTION: A timeless example of excellent ancient artistry. This large olla has a skillfully rounded lower base topped by a 2" shoulder decorated with two stylized frog overlays and a 2" spout rising up to complete the vessel. It is simple and elegant with its large pale cinnamon colored bisqueware body and finely applied zoomorphic ornamentation. The particular design of the two frogs can be seen depicted in many of the spectacular gold ornaments created by The Chiriqui.The piece is totally intact and unrestored in any way. The rim of the spout shows minor abrasion in a couple of areas due to ancient usage but this does not deter in any manner from the appealing visual impact of the jar.
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.