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Nariño Terracotta Jar

Nariño Terracotta Jar

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Pre-Columbian era, Nariño culture, Carchi-Nariño region, c. 800-1300AD, Colombia.

Charming hand-built and highly-burnished terracotta jar in round compressed form with flaring, painted rim and small-sized loop handles. Terracotta bowls, jars and ollas were typical pottery forms of the Nariño-Carchi area. They differ in size, techniques and decorative designs. Apparently, their function was to present solid or liquid food, such as fermented maize (called chicha). The area where they were used is in the neighbouring provinces: Carchi in northern Ecuador and Nariño in southwestern Colombia. Vessels were primarily used in festivals and ceremonies. Many of them stand out by being decorated with negative painting. Good condition. Ex-museum collection piece with inventory numbers painted on the bottom. Age-related wear, faded colors and minor abrasion. Rich earthly deposits. Lovely polished patina. Size approx. 8,4cm x 8,3cm x 6,6cm. 

Provenance: Finnish private collection

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