Museum Collections - Intermediate Area - Artifact #2

Ceramic Bowl - Intermediate Area

WHO: Joaquín (sub-style of Conte art)

WHERE: Southern Azuero Peninsula, Central Region, Panama

WHEN: Late Ceramic Period (Conte) A.D. 600-900 (Probably 700-900)

WHAT: The painting on this pedestal based bowl depicts a mythical shamanic creature in motion, a very strong theme in Tonosí and Conte ceramic art. The whiskered serpentine image with clawed appendages portrays the transformation of a shaman from reality to another dimension, possibly the underworld.
Diameter: 25 cm

HOW: Coil-built, painted with slips and burnished.

MUSEUM: Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art. G83.1.1254

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