CULTURE: Veraguas ORIGIN: Panama AGE: Ca. 300 B. C. - 300 A. D. SIZE: 5" in height by 5 1/2" at the widest diameter DESCRIPTION: A unique superbly graceful redware jar with three oblong loop handles. It is understated and perfectly balanced. The proportions are flawlessly simple. It is highly burnished and in absolute mint condition. The three elongated loop handles are perfectly placed to accentuate the globular base topped with a gently outflaring spout. It has numerous mineral deposits attesting to its great age. Much of the sediment could be removed by the purchaser if he or she wanted a slicker looking vessel...it appears to have never been professionally cleaned. A timeless pottery creation. 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.