Finely Detailed Pre-Colombian Jama-Coaque Figurine Head (3rd to 6th century)

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Seller: buttabay (37) 0%, Location: New York, New York, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 273960938062 This figurine head is Jama-Coaque, from the 3rd to 6th century AD (Ecuador). The head is made from earthenware/ceramic with various pigments, and is in the Chone sub style. It was likely part of a standing figurine, and is a detailed example of an anthropomorphic female with a decorated head cover. Dimensions: 12 cm length x 8 cm height x 8 cm width (4.72" length x 3.15" height x 3.15" width) Weight: 320 grams (11.3 oz) The best-known aspects of the Jama-Coaque culture are its ceramic vessels and figurines, likely made for ritual purposes. Named for the modern towns of Jama and Coaque in the coastal lowlands of Ecuador's Manabí Province, they define its archaeological limits. Jama-Coaque figures share similarities with other coastal sites of the period, but are often more richly clothed and elaborately adorned. Depicting warriors, musicians, hunters, and dancers, the figures were mold-made and have appliqué decorations that were made in smaller molds. Some figures are attached to vessels, but most are freestanding. Headdress and ornaments were identifiers of clans and ethnic groups, and markers of rank among many ancient American peoples. Information encoded in elements of clothing and jewelry would have been understood by the members of those groups. This piece is from a reputable antiquities dealer in the town of Cuenca, purchased while I was working in Ecuador in the 1990s. Condition: Figurine head (without body); in situ damage to nose, Material: Earthenware, ceramic, terracotta, Provenance: Ecuador

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