Stage 2 Palmer Notched Incised. Carved stone figurine with face and legs indicated
(notched). This Formative culture represents the earliest known appearance of this
form of artistic expression in the New World. Similar examples in Ancient Ecuador
- Culture, Clay and Creativity 3000-300 B.C. Also appear at Casa del Alabado Museum
of Pre-Columbian Art, Quito, Ecuador.
Measures 6.875"/17.46 cm in height. Mineral and sediment deposits in microscopic
crevices. Choice condition.
Loma Alta, Ecuador Ca 2500 BC - 2200 BC.
Ex. Mann Collection, Va. Acquired in the 1970s
Palmers Stones represents the earliest known appearance of human figurines in the
New World. The range from simple ground plaques (Phase 1) to elaborately carved representations
in which the facial features are clearly indicated and hands are depicted as a feather
or rake-like design. The stone prisms are turned into human effigies by low relief
carving emphasizing the eyes and hands. The progressive sequence of stone figurines
are from the simple rectangular plaque, to plaques with a groove indicating the division
between the legs, to the more detailed depiction of the human face and limbs (Phase