Pre-Columbian, Colombia, Tairona region, ca. 1000 to 1550 CE. A spooky figural vessel in the form of a squatting creature - perhaps a monkey - with four bulbous legs that taper to tiny feet with five articulated toes. The head is simian, with a grimacing face, bared teeth, and human-like eyes above a short nose with large nostrils. Pointed features in front of the ears suggest that this face may be a mask, with the ears behind it representing the real head of the figure whose body comprises the vessel; a thick border along the top of the face may also be part of this. The rest of the vessel is comprised of a very rounded body, an upright strap handle with two tiny conical spouts, and a raised, bird-like tail. Size: 8.2" L x 6.8" W x 8.05" H (20.8 cm x 17.3 cm x 20.4 cm)The Tairona lived in circular house platforms with areas of the houses divided for labor by gender. Ceramic manufacture seems to have been the realm of the women in the household, and small burnishing stones used for smoothing the surface of pottery prior to firing have been found in their areas. Effigy jars like this one were made specifically to be placed into tombs.This piece has been tested using thermoluminescence (TL) and has been found to be ancient and of the period stated. A full report will accompany purchase. Provenance: private Los Angeles County, California, USA collection All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #135782
Head and handles have been repaired and restored, with small areas of overpainting along their bases where they meet the body. Two tiny holes drilled in the body for TL testing.