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A Handsome standing male incensario. Highly burnished gray-black ceramic. An oxygen-poor
environment, called a reducing atmosphere, results in a build-up of black carbon
which produces it's iconic color. Strong profile facial features wearing disc ear
ornaments and high karat nose ring. Incised motifs of tattooing across jaw line shows
the high rank and identity to this individual. Arms held to his sides. Oversized
9"/22.86 cm dia. shallow platter type headdress with light burnished patterns on
underside. Reassembled and visible restoration over breaks to meet museum criteria.
Measures 17.32"/44 cm tall with a 9.69"/24.6 cm diameter pedestal base. Manta, Ecuador
700/1500 AD. Very impressive and large specimen.
Ref. Pre-Columbian Art of South America, Alan Lapiner., Pg. 363
Digging up prehistory "The Archaeology of Ecuador" Pg. 359