Pre-Columbian, Colombia, Tairona region, ca. 1000 to 1550 CE. A charming large pottery effigy jar in the form of a pregnant woman. She sits with her arms and legs outstretched, her hands raised up in a pose we'd recognize as "jazz hands". Her eyes and mouth are narrow, with a small nose and pronounced eyebrows; small ears at the sides of her face are pierced, and most likely once had metal rings or possibly feathers or cloth through them. The top of her head is the round, flared rim of the vessel and her body is hollow, with nice details of breasts, belly button, and genitals. Size: 8" L x 9.625" W x 11.75" H (20.3 cm x 24.4 cm x 29.8 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-John Smith Collection, Roswell, GA
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