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Tall Panamanian Cocle Polychrome Jar

Pre-Columbian, Central America, Panama, Gran Cocle culture, ca. 800 to 1000 CE. Cocle ceramics include some of the most intriguing expressions of visual culture in Prehispanic Central America. Beyond this long-necked vessel's elegant form, this piece uses its painted design as a visual language. The vessel is decorated with a band of highly abstracted avian/geometric forms on the shoulder. To the ancient Panamanians, these exquisitely painted motifs would have conjured a known mythic or Shamanic being. The composition of this design is comprised of these fantastical life forms in combination with bands of red and purple outlined in black against a cream hued ground. Geometric design elements such as these were imbued with powerful symbolism, usually referring to the gender constructs. A gorgeous piece replete with manganese blooms and root marks. Size: 7.875" in diameter x 9.375" H (20 cm x 23.8 cm)

Condition: Repaired from three to five pieces with visible break lines. Surface encrusted in areas and covered with manganese deposits and root marks.

Provenance: ex-private Colorado Springs, CO, USA collection

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