Lot 90: Bahia / Jamacoaque Pottery Head
November 7, 2016
Louisville, CO, USA
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Pre-Columbian, Ecuador, Bahia/ Jamacoaque culture, ca. 500 CE. A fragment of a hollow pottery head with large nose and a wide headdress that on another continent would look like that of a bishop. 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 figure was in that society. Size: 3.75" W x 4.5" H (9.5 cm x 11.4 cm)
Provenance: Ex - private LA County collection acquired before 1990
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Condition Report: Head is a fragment, with clear features and headdress.