CULTURE: COCLE / VERAGUAS AREA
AGE: CA. 600 - 1200 A. D.
SIZE: 10" DIAMETER X 8 1/2" SUPPORTING BASE
DESCRIPTION: An amazingly ornate polychrome fruitera with a deep cinnamon paste painted in orange, black, and cream. The upper plate and stem have stylized avian creatures swirling in circles. The underside of the plate is ornamented and totally circled by other ornate stylized designs. They do not come any finer! 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.