This superlative pear-shaped polychrome ceramic vessel has two protruding crocodile heads with a beautiful complex painted motif that stands on hollow rattle tripod legs. Openwork mouth prominently exposes his upper and lower teeth. A ritual imagery of Tlaloc is decorated between the upper and lower geometric designs. Buff Tan slip, burnished, with black and orange-red paint.

The powerful crocodile prevailed in design schemes at an earlier period. The added human or deity face on this vessel makes it very unique as both symbols are associated simultaneously with the rains, fertility and life giver.

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Sequence of major Archaeological cultural phases in pre-hispanic Ecuador are:

Las Vegas; Valdivia; Machalilla; Cotocollao; Chorrera; Narrio; La Tolita; Guangala; Jamacoaque; Jambeli; Capuli; Bahia; Puruha; Cuasmal; Manteno; Huancavilca; Milagro – Quevedo; Atacames; Canari and Inca.

La Tolita
Valdivian
Valdivian/Chorrera
Jamacoaque
La Tolita
Jamacoaque
Valdivian
ECJM-112 Jamacoaque Shaman
Jamacoaque
ECCH-118 Chorrera Pectoral Shells
ECMT-110 Manteño Reclining Nude Figure Vessel
ECMH-103 Rare - Machalilla Female Figurine
Jamacoaque
ECVA-118 Valdivian Phase 2 Palmer Stone
ECVA-125 Valdivian Transitional Stones
Valdivian
Valdivian
Valdivian
Manteño
Valdivian
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Palmers Stones represents the earliest known appearance of human figurines in the New World. The range from simple ground plaques (Phase 1) to elaborately carved representations in which the facial features are clearly indicated and hands are depicted as a feather or rake-like design. The stone prisms are turned into human effigies by low relief carving emphasizing  the eyes and hands. The progressive sequence of stone figurines are from the simple rectangular plaque, to plaques with a groove indicating the division between the legs, to the more detailed depiction of the human face and limbs (Phase 2).

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