Elegant naturalistic Chone style Jamacoaque figurine. This individual sits on his
buttocks, knees bent in front. He holds a round poporo (lime pot) in one hand and
a spatula in the other. He wears a cloak over his chest and a long headdress on his
head. The graceful flaps behind the ears of the figure on this vessel may refer to
bird-men. Meticulously applied appliquéd over his apparels. He also wears earrings,
nose ring and chin piece. Remnants of pale green pigment are still present on surface.
Nice deposits throughout. This figural served as a tomb guardian amidst other offerings
that would have accompanied the dead in burial. The mythical attributes of costume
are symbols in a communication system between humans and deities in life and in death.
Manabi region, Ecuador. 500BC/500AD. Measures 8 1/2" high. Excellent example of Jamacoaque
creativity and workmanship.