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Lot 195, Auction 5/30/2017: Two Jamacoaque Pottery Mask Molds

Pre-Columbian, Ecuador, Jamacoaque culture, ca. 500 CE. A pair of pottery molds, perhaps to make masks out of copper or other pottery. One is a long, triangular face, while the other is wide, with a leering face and round eyes. A fascinating glimpse into an ancient technology. Size of largest: 4.75" W x 4.5" H (12.1 cm x 11.4 cm)

Condition: Both are intact, although both have rough areas that seem to indicate some ancient losses or possibly just rough breaks prior to the firing process. Surface scratching on non-mask sides.

Provenance: Ex-Adeon Gallery, Chicago, IL, acquired prior to 1970.

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