DESCRIPTION: A fantastical and charming bisqueware dual purpose ceremonial vessel. The piece is 9 1/2" in length. Each end has a circular hollow jar with two small rotund legs with balls at the tips of their legs...pottery rattles still intact. One bowl has the applied head of a zoomorphic creature and the other an applied tail. The center tube has long open slits with the pottery rattles once again intact. The vessel would have been utilized in ceremonial gatherings with incense being burned in the two round vessels while the piece would be shaken to make music with the rattles. It is in perfect condition. The small smiling face on one end and the tail on the other are great artistic finishing touches by a clever and talented ancient potter. 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.