Museum Collections - Intermediate Area - Artifact #5

Ceramic Female Figure with headress - Intermediate Area

WHO: Jama Coaque culture

WHERE: South-central coast, Ecuador

WHEN: 500 B.C. - A.D. 500

WHAT: This figure is a very fine example of Jama Coaque female figurines. She wears a headdress or draped turban, ear spools and a half-moon shaped nose ornament, as well as a chin ornament. Her necklace is composed of tubular wires with a central pendant which may also be an amulet. There is some idea that these amulets may also have indicated rank for the persons wearing them, thus particular women in the Jama Coaque culture may have enjoyed positions of high status in their communities.
Height: 33 cm

HOW: Mold-made buff earthenware with ochre and blue-green slip.

MUSEUM: Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art. G83.1.1202

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