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Rare Jamacoaque Polychrome Figure Honeybee

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Lot 0091A Details

Description
Pre-Columbian, Ecuador, Jama Coaque (Jamacoaque) culture, ca. 500 BCE to 500 CE. An endearing Jamacoaque polychrome terracotta honeybee figure - perhaps depicting a deity or a transforming shaman, with wonderful remains of blue, yellow, and red pigment on the surface, sitting upon its extended thorax and striped abdomen, with hands placed just above this and below his or her bare chest with delineated nipple appliques, suggesting both human and honeybee characteristics. The figure's visage presents wide open, bulging eyes, a prominent curved nose adorned by large round ornaments, and an open mouth with a ring-like ornament below each corner of the lips . The bee figure is also decorated with a high headdress, a grand 'beaded' pectoral, matching beaded bracelets, and massive earrings. Furthermore, the bee figure's abdomen is also elaboratly decorated with applied bands encircling it and ring-like appliques. Replete with impressive artistry and technique, as well as a most intriguing subject - a rare example from the ancient Jamacoaque peoples. Size: 3" W x 6.95" H (7.6 cm x 17.7 cm)

Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection; ex Splendors of the World collection; ex H. J. Westermann Coll., Germany 1950'-1960's

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Condition
Headdress has been repaired/restored, though it is very well done and difficult to discern. Otherwise the figure is in excellent condition with nice remaining pigment and light deposits on surface.
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Rare Jamacoaque Polychrome Figure Honeybee

Estimate $1,800 - $2,500Aug 13, 2020
Starting Price $1,300
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