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Lot 81: Jama Coaque Pottery Standing Female
27 October 2016
Louisville, CO, USALive Auction
Pre-Columbian, Ecuador, Jama Coaque (Jamacoaque) culture, ca. 500 CE. This is an expressive example of an important woman, with fine details on hands and feet. She wears a headdress with long lappets and extensive jewelry: many strands of necklaces, earrings and nose rings, and bracelets to match her necklace. She has wide, open eyes, and a realistic nose. Interestingly, she is naked aside from the jewelry and headdress - other similar figures show women topless (which seems to have been the common style), but usually with a skirt, unlike here. The remains of blue and yellow applied pigment highlight her features. The figure is hollow. She is one of the best-known aspects of the Jama Coaque artistic legacy, a realistic mold-made pottery figure that is probably a portrait of an individual. Headdresses, jewelry, and styles of dress were all signifiers of rank and social status within many pre-Columbian societies; to a member of the Jamacoaque, this figure probably had even deeper meaning, describing who the woman was. See a very similar example of a woman at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Size: 6.55" W x 9.25" H (16.6 cm x 23.5 cm)
Provenance: Ex-Peter Arnovick collection, San Francisco, CA
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Condition Report: Repaired