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A TALL SELF COMPOSED JAMA-COAQUE SHAMAN FIGURE FROM ECUADOR

A TALL SELF COMPOSED JAMA-COAQUE SHAMAN FIGURE FROM ECUADOR


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: Pre Columbian: Sculpture: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1329517

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CULTURE: Jama-Coaque ORIGIN: Ecuador AGE: Ca. 500 B. C. - 500 A. D. SIZE: 10 1/2" in height by 4 1/2" at the widest point. DESCRIPTION: A striking ceremonial shaman figure standing proudly in a rigid upright position. He is wearing small disc shaped ear spools, a large rounded headpiece with a wide brim, and clutching a large ceremonial staff or planting implement. His face is serene as if in a trance. The mouth and the back of the headpiece have been pierced all the way through to allow light to enter from the top which would cause his mouth to glow. Numerous mineral deposits attest to his great antiquity. A small area of the rear headpiece has been professionally restored but the remainder of the figure is as found. His large size (10 1/2") and the care taken during the molding process make this piece a particularly fine gem for any collection.