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Pedestal Plate

Date:
5th–8th century
Geography:
Panama, Cocle Province, Rio Parita region
Culture:
Conte or Macaracas
Medium:
Ceramic
Dimensions:
H. 6 in. (15.2 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Containers
Credit Line:
Gift of Carol R. Meyer, 1993
Accession Number:
1993.307.2
Not on view
The images on this pair of pedestal plates depict mythical avian or saurian zoomorphs with feathered or scaled backs and chests, and clawed or multi-toed feet. Presented with open beaks and in mid-step, these creatures follow one another around the edge of the plate, head to tail, each occupying roughly half the space of the image field. Painted in brown, cream, plum, and reddish orange, the polychrome plates have similar but not exact designs. There are variations in the colors of the pedestal pattern and slight differences between the beasts, such as the red-rimmed eyes of those on one plate. This imbues the work with an air of spontaneity within the fixed composition.
Carol R. Meyer, New York, until 1993

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