A large and heavy solid unburnished buff slab figure from the Quimbaya culture, Caldas
complex. Rarer seated female in the state of trance with extended forward down arms
and legs. Adorned with incised bands painted in white representing jewelry. Rectangular
shaped head with faint tattooed face. Eyes and mouth are slit. Nose is largely molded
with piercing hole. The majority of slab figures have survived without paint, but
little remain on some, such as the black bands across her face and white bands seen
on this figure.
Five unique piercing holes running vertically down atop her head meeting up with
horizontal ones on her forehead. Used to hold feathered plums to distinguish status
within a social group. Both left leg and arm reattached otherwise in excellent condition.
Measures 10.5"/26.67 cm tall by 7.5”/19.05 cm wide. Columbia 1000-1400 AD.