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Authentic Pre-Columbian Clay Medicine Vial/Ampule from Ecuador. Engraved! AACA

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Seller: houghton-usa (1,298) 100%, Location: Sequim, Washington, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 252654959406 ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONSAncient Art, Antiques, & Fine Collectibles Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE This small, terracotta vessel or vial was made by the Jama-Coaque people on the ancient Northern coast of what is now Ecuador, in the province of Manabi. It is made of gray clay with incised pictographs etched into the sides and is estimated to be about 2,000 years old! The best-known aspects of the Jama-Coaque culture are its ceramic vessels and figurines probably made for ritual purposes. Named for the modern towns of Jama and Coaque in the northern coastal lowlands of Ecuador's Manabí Province, they define its archaeological limits. Jama Coaque figures share similarities with other coastal sites of the period, but are often more richly clothed and elaborately adorned. Depicting warriors, musicians, hunters, and dancers, the figures were mold-made and have appliqué decorations that were made in smaller molds. This small vial appears to be quite rare. This small vessel measures only about 1.9” (49 mm) in length x .62” (16 mm) in diameter. The hole in the center of the clay vial measures about 1.7” (43 mm) deep and with an inside diameter of .32” (8 mm). Please see photos as perhaps they best show the beauty of this small vessel. The top half of the vial has geometric and/or pictographic lines etched into the clay. I do not know if the characters are just geometric or if they do indeed signify what the vial or ampule contained or what its purpose was in the Mayan culture. Did once contain a powder or liquid—a medicine or poison? We do know that shamans performed ceremonies and offerings to communicate with the spirits to heal the sick and solve community problems. A human transformed into feline is the best way to introduce a shaman in the Upper-world. Shaman sought to curry favor with the gods in aid of mortals. {REF: The Museo Casa del Alabado is an art museum devoted exclusively to the preservation of Pre-Columbian Art, located in down town Quito, Ecuador.} I have been told that similar examples that were used to hold herbal medicines are on display at Ecuador's History of Medicine National Museum. Whatever it contained, it must have been precious to their culture to make such a fine, small, engraved vial to safely hold the contents. The Jama-Coaque People Between the year 350 B.C. and 1530 A.C., Jama-Coaque societies dwelled on the Ecuadorian coast from the Cape of San Francisco to the Caráquez Bay, mainly in the valleys of Jama and Coaque. They lived in scattered villages along the valleys and built towns. The cities were characterized by squares, temples and public buildings. In a particular way, they built temple-houses in which shamans performed ceremonies and offerings in order to solve problems of community. They livelihood depended on agriculture. They grew corn, bean, cassava, cotton and squash in slopes of hills and "camellones" or high fields. They supplemented fishing and hunting animals such as armadillo, jaguar, turtles and zarigüeya. The Jama-Coaque communities were skilled in creating ceramic pottery items as well, which again showed that they were a very sophisticated tribe. The pottery recovered from the sites is on display at the Jama Municipal Museum. Tragically, the entire culture was lost when the Spanish invaded Ecuador on a mission to conquer the Inca Empire. Please examine the attached photos carefully as they are part of the description and bid accordingly.All photos taken at 4x magnification. Color may vary slightly as photos were taken in artificial light and computer monitor settings can vary. Note: Each object I sell is professionally researched and compared with similar objects in the collections of the finest museums in the world. I have been dealing in fine antiquities for almost 50 years and although certainly not an expert in every field, I have been honored to appraise, buy, collect, and enjoy and recently sell some of the finest ancient art in the world. When in doubt, I have worked with dozens of subject matter experts to determine the condition and authenticity of numerous antiquities and antiques. This documentation helps to insure you are buying quality items and helps to protect your investment. As you know, there are MANY, MANY fake pre-Columbian pieces out there, so please buy your items only from knowledgeable dealers and collectors. I offer a full Money-Back Guarantee if a recognized authority in antiquities disputes the authenticity of this fine artifact. The Buy-it-Now price is at least 75% off what it would be priced at in a fine Gallery or Auction house!! Please ask any questions you may have before you bid! All sales are Final, unless I have seriously misrepresented this item! Please look at the 4x macro photos carefully as they are part of the description.The stand and AA Battery are NOT for sale, just there to better display this item and help to judge its size. Member of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA). Member of the Authentic Artifact Collectors Association (AACA) Per e-Bay's rules, PayPal only please!US Buyers only please.Thank You! FREE USA SHIPPING & Insurance is included for all 50 States! Note: Sorry, but Washington State Residents are required to pay the appropriate Washington State Sales Tax. Thank you. Condition: This small vessel from ancient Ecuador measures only about 1.9” (49 mm) in length x .62” (16 mm) in diameter. The hole in the center of the clay vial measures about 1.7” (43 mm) deep and with an inside diameter of .32” (8 mm). The top of the vial shows a ragged break as if the top part of the vial was broken off in antiquity. Please see 4x macro photos. Thank you!, Material: Pottery, Country: Ecuador, Type: Medicine Vial, Culture: Jama-Coaque, Date: est. 300 BC -- 300 AD

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