An attractive and large ceramic incensario. A broad shouldered naked male seated
in a frontal pose on a stool with a stepped base. Facial features are incredibly
bold and realistic. Wears traditional large disc ear plugs. The shallow platter type
headdress is very large, measuring over 10”/25.4 cm in Diameter. Excellent motifs
on upper chest and back indicates the high rank of this individual. Highly burnished
marbleized brown-black ceramic contributes to its beauty. Outstanding example.
Overall height is 16.5”/41.9 cm. Reassembled from four parts, with restoration over
breaks. Manabi, Ecuador 700/1500 AD.
Ref. Pre-Columbian Art of South America, Alan Lapiner., Pg. 363 Plates 785, 757
Digging up prehistory "The Archaeology of Ecuador" Pg. 359