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397: A Cocle Mini Fruitera, Pre-Columbian Panama

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A small Cocle pedestal plate, often referred to as a "fruitera", from Pre-Columbian Panama, ca 800 - 1000 A.D. This example is of the Macaracas style (often referred to by the more general term, "Cocle"), and measures approximately 4 1/2" wide by about 3 3/4" tall. It features an orange slip with typical designs in black, grayish-blue (or faded purple) and red. The designs on the sides of the pedestal stem are thought to be abstract representations of the patterns found on Boa Constictor snakes, while the depiction on top is thought to represent a stylized Bird-like or Saurian deity.

Provenance: former Canadian private collection. Before that, former reputable Indiana, USA dealer.

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The base/stem is intact, while the top plate has been repaired from about six or so large, original fragments, with restoration over the break lines to blend with the surrounding areas. These were typically ritually broken in ancient times, and only minimal restoration has been done to this example. There are ample mineral deposits overall, and strong root marks in the upper cavity of the pedestal vase are hallmarks of age and authenticity. The piece appears to have been lightly waxed to preserve the surface.
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Estimate $400 – $600
Starting Bid $250
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Boulder County, CO
United States