Pre-Columbian, Ecuador, Jamacoaque culture, ca. 500 CE. This is an expressive example of an important personage, standing with her hands on her hips, with fine details on hands and feet. She wears a headdress, a skirt, and extensive jewelry: many strands of necklaces, earrings and nose rings, and armbands. She has wide, open eyes. The remains of blue and yellow applied pigment highlight her features and clothing. The figure is hollow. She is one of the best-known aspects of the Jamacoaque (Jama Coaque) artistic legacy, a realistic mold-made pottery figure that is probably a portrait of an individual. She may once have also had gold and/or stone ornaments. Headdresses, jewelry, and styles of dress were all signifiers of rank and social status within many pre-Columbian societies; to a member of the Jamacoaque, this figure probably had even deeper meaning, describing who the woman was. See a very similar, but standing, example of a woman at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Size: 4.5" W x 7.35" H (11.4 cm x 18.7 cm)
Provenance: Ex-NYC collection, ex-R & T Hurst, Ohio, USA Collection
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