397: A Cocle Mini Fruitera, Pre-Columbian Panama
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.