Lid with Feline and Human Female

Lid with Feline and Human Female

300 B.C.-A.D. 800
Culture
Tumaco - La Tolita
Locale
Colombia, south coast Ecuador, north coast
Country
Colombia, Ecuador
lid
Earthenware
Bequest of Robert J. Stroessner
1992.23
. Lid with Feline and Human Female . 300 B.C.-A.D. 800. Earthenware. Bequest of Robert J. Stroessner. 1992.23.
Dimensions
height: 9 in, 22.8600 cm; width: 11 in, 27.9400 cm; depth: 9 in, 22.8600 cm
Department
Mayer Center, Art of the Ancient Americas
Collection
Art of the Ancient Americas

Lid with Feline and Human Female
Tumaco-La Tolita
About 300 B.C.–A.D. 800
Northern Ecuador or southern Colombia
Earthenware
Bequest of Robert J. Stroessner, 1992.23

In this intriguing sculpture, a huge supernatural feline towers over the sprawled body of a woman – possibly a sacrificial victim.  Only the feet of a second human figure remain; it was standing, and the feline’s head seems to be turned toward it.  A small pallet rests beside this figure’s feet – its contents are uncertain.  Supernatural creatures, especially felines, abound in the art of the Tumaco-La Tolita culture.  They often strike dramatic poses, and wear elaborate headdresses and jewelry.  Their snarls display fierce teeth and long tongues. 

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