Pre-Columbian, Ecuador, Jama Coaque (Jamacoaque), ca. 300 BCE to 400 CE. A hand built and beautifully painted hollow pottery avian effigy perching upon a branch, raised upon a conical pedestal that rises from a tiered base pierced with multiple holes, suggesting this was a decorative top to an incensario. The bird is carefully delineated with applied round eyes, a ridged crest, and laid back wings - all painted in robin's egg blue - as well as a red curved beak and waddle, pronounced talons with incised claws, and a sunset orange body. The pedestal and lid beneath are also highlighted with those same rich red and blue hues. A stunning example representing the artistry of the indigenous of Ecuador. Size: 5.375" L x 9.25" H (13.7 cm x 23.5 cm)
In the Pre-Columbian world, birds were regarded as metaphors for the sun, models for hunters and warriors given their strong talons, acuity, and speed, and ideal communicators with the celestial gods. This particular bird is most likely a guan, a member of the family Cracidae, a bird native to the region. Beyond this rich symbolism, the aesthetic quality of this piece is absolutely breathtaking!
Provenance: Ex- Collection of the late Peter Arnovick, San Francisco, CA
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