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Quimbaya Figural Pottery Rattle

Quimbaya Figural Pottery Rattle

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Pre-Columbian era, Quimbaya culture, c. 1050-1500AD, Cauca region, Middle Cauca complex, Colombia.

Absolutely gorgeous pottery figure rattle. The archaeological ceramics of the Middle Cauca Valley fall into about eight groups on the basis of surface treatment and decoration. The two major complexes are the Caldas complex (1000-1400AD) and the Middle Cauca complex (1050-1500AD). The Caldas complex are characterized by resist black painting on red slip, and the Middle Cauca complex includes ceremonial artifacts like stirrup vessels, bowls, cups, vases (the specific uses of these are not known), and anthropomorphic (often male) figurines. There is little local variation in decoration or in shape. The abstract slab figures were often designed portraying a social class and included as offerings in burials in tombs representing the guardians or companions for the deceased.

Imposing figural rattle. Gender is unspecified. The trapezoid-shaped head, thick neck and a large, hollow square torso. Flattened face has characteristic coffee bean-shaped eyes and mouth. The pierced ears and nose were most likely once adorned with rings. There is a set of holes punched in the flat top of the head (it was likely decorated with feathers). Looped arms and a hands-on-hips posture, the figure stands independently on short stubbly legs with circular feet and flat soles. Prominent nipples. Punched holes in the armpit region and the navel. Piece produces a beautiful rattle sound. Good condition. Age-related wear and minimal abrasion. Chip in the eye, otherwise intact. Traces of red slip paint. Encrusted fine patina. Size approx. 19,0cm x 10,5cm x 5,3cm. Custom stand included.

Provenance: Finnish private collection

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