A sophisticated and important ceremonial vessel from the Tairona Culture. This unique
"Joined Chieftain Jar" represents a unity or marriage between a leading male and
female dignitary. The vessels are tethered by a strap handle and secured at mid torso
using a hollowed bridge - produced to distribute liquids (probably chicha) and effectively
demonstrates equal balance of power). Both figures adorning well defined elaborate
necklaces, large butterfly nose pieces and ear ornaments. Arms and legs to their
sides with genitalia exposed. In addition, the male chews coca and possess a lower
lip or chin plug.
Extremely scarce example of a high ranked female displaying a shared pendant. One
of the most elite effigies, the emblematic "bird" figure with spread wings.
Black Ware with earthen deposits throughout. North western Sierra Nevada de Santa
Marta, Columbia. 900-1500AD. Measures 12.5" in length, over 8" in height. Very impressive
and refined center piece in an exceptional state of preservation.
Ex. Saint Louis, MO private collection
Reference: Museo del Oro, Banco de la Republica - Columbia; Dumbarton Oaks Research
Library and Collection, Washington, D.C.; Similar example - Colombia Before Columbus,