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    Posted 4 years ago

    beyemvey
    (214 items)

    This Blackware vessel is about 5" tall and about 4.5" in diameter, and is reconstructed from several large fragments. I believe it was created by the Jama-Coaque culture in the Manabí region of Ecuador approximately between 500-1500 CE. The base is curved, not flat. The body gradually tapers outward, then abruptly tapers inward. Toward the top, the neck tapers outward and is styled in the shape of the head of a human or a deity wearing some form of head-dress. When inverted and turned backwards, the vessel takes on the shape of a mushroom. Hallucenogenic mushrooms were used in the sacred rituals of many pre-Columbian cultures, so I suspect this was probably a container used in some ritual application of the same. This is another piece that I was fortunate to purchase from the collection of a retired naval officer who had been stationed in Panama during the '60s, and had brought it back as a souvenir.

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    1. beyemvey beyemvey, 4 years ago
      Thank you Phil D & BB2!!!
    2. beyemvey beyemvey, 4 years ago
      Appreciated Caperkid!
    3. beyemvey beyemvey, 4 years ago
      Thanks to aura, Vetraio, steptoe, bijou, & iggy!!!
    4. beyemvey beyemvey, 4 years ago
      :-) Master :-) Elainep :-) fleafinder :-) fortapache :-)
    5. beyemvey beyemvey, 4 years ago
      Gracias Rick55, vintagelamp, Michelleb007, melaniej, jscott0363, & Nicefice!
    6. beyemvey beyemvey, 4 years ago
      :-) Radegunder :-)
    7. beyemvey beyemvey, 4 years ago
      Gracias ho2cultcha!
    8. beyemvey beyemvey, 4 years ago
      Thank you Sean - this is one of my favorites :-)

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