Jama-Coaque roller stamp
Clay roller stamp with relief of mythological creatures to be applied as a skin decoration. This tool was used in the early phase of the ecuadorian Jama-Coaque culture and was found in Pedernales.
Jama-Coaque culture roller stamp from Pedernales
355 BC to 400 AD.
Earliest phase of the Jama-Coaque culture in Ecuador.
Cylindrical stamp with deep relief on the outer surface. When unrolled, the stamp creates a decoration of stylized mythological creatures. Members of the Ecuadorian Jama-Coaque culture applied skin decoration with this roller stamp.
6.3cm length, 2.6cm diameter.
Very good condition. Almost no wear and chips. Old ink note "PEDERNALES M." and sticker reading "37".
Acquired by us in 2020 on the German art market. Sold at Gerhard Hirsch Nachfolger auction 330 of 2017 September 19th, lot no. 85 (low estimate of 525 Euro excl. fees). Previously in the German private collection H.-J. Westermann, acquired for the collection in the 1960s. The note "Pedernales M." most probably refers to the find spot. Pedernales in Manabí province is a coastal town within the ancient territory of the Jama-Coaque culture and belongs to Ecuador today.
Hans-Juergen Westermann developed an interest in the ancient cultures of America during his business trips to Latin America in the 1950s and 1960s. He built an extensive collection in the 1960s based on purchases of smaller collections from Ecuador and Costa Rica, as well as an important Costa Rica collection in Germany. Between 1991 and 1995 the Westermann Collection was loaned to Dresdner Bank in Frankfurt am Main Germany and afterwards contractually curated by the bank. In 2017, the collection was returned to the art collecting community by Muenchen (Germany) based auctioneer Gerhard Hirsch Nachfolger.
Cf. Johnson Musuem of Art der Cornell University, object no. 2006.070.098.
E. Estrada, Prehistoria de Manabí.
C. Evans und B. Meggers, Mesoamerica and Ecuador, in Handbook of Middle American Indians.
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