Pre-Columbian, Colombia, Tairona region, ca. 1000 to 1550 CE. A large burnished blackware double-spouted vessel with huge conical spouts that join at diagonal angles to a small, ovoid body. The body sits on an ovoid foot. A double strap handle connects the two spouts; one spout has a projecting head of feline with well-depicted eyes including round balls for the iris, a perky nose, and ears slightly back in a cautious stance. Size: 13.4" L x 4.5" W x 10.15" H (34 cm x 11.4 cm x 25.8 cm)
The Tairona lived in circular house platforms with areas of the houses divided for labor by gender. Ceramic manufacture seems to have been the realm of the women in the household, and small burnishing stones used for smoothing the surface of pottery prior to firing have been found in their areas. Effigy jars like this one were made specifically to be placed into tombs.
Provenance: Ex- Private Atlanta, GA collection
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