Coclé Shaman Figure, Panama SOLD

16 1/8″ (41.2 cm) high
1000-1200 A.D.

Dark brown on tan slip-painted earthenware with touches of red on ears and mouth. A human figure with boldly painted cylindrical body (possibly representing a jaguar’s skin) crouches on highly stylized skid-like legs with arms raised holding an implement; the face has a birdlike beak and wide grin; a single plait of hair extends down the back. The arms and the implement were broken and reattached, otherwise intact and unrestored. Note: More photos will be posted Wednesday evening.
Ex. private collection, Iowa, ex. Sotheby’s, New York, Pre-Columbian Art, May 19, 1992, lot 266.


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