Arts of the Americas
On View: American Identities: A New Look, American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, The Americas’ First Peoples, 4000 B.C.E.–1521 C.E., 5th Floor
The Jama-Coaque culture of Ecuador’s northern coast is known for complex moldmade and hand-modeled ceramic sculptures that depict people and animals. Felines are the most frequently represented animal, indicating their importance as symbols of power. On this modeled effigy vessel, the large jar on the jaguar’s back suggests that the object was ceremonial, perhaps used for ritual offerings. The style of the round, bulging eyes and nose indicates that the jaguar represents a supernatural being.
ca. 300 B.C.E. - 600 C.E.
Regional Developmental Period
12 3/4 x 16 1/4 x 13 in. (32.4 x 41.3 x 33 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Tessim Zorach
You may download and use Brooklyn Museum images of this three-dimensional work in accordance with a Creative Commons license
. Fair use, as understood under the United States Copyright Act, may also apply.
Please include caption information from this page and credit the Brooklyn Museum. If you need a high resolution file, please contact email@example.com
For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress
, Cornell University
, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums
, and Copyright Watch
For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright
If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Jama Coaque. Effigy Vessel, ca. 300 B.C.E. - 600 C.E. Ceramic, 12 3/4 x 16 1/4 x 13 in. (32.4 x 41.3 x 33 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Tessim Zorach, 88.57.2. Creative Commons-BY
overall, 88.57.2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
"CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
Large ceramic effigy vessel in the form of a snarling four-footed animal (probably a jaguar), with a vessel form on its back and a long, thick, downturned tail. The front paws are raised up with claws extended and underside pads visible including the dewclaws. The back paws rest on the ground. The large head has an open mouth with teeth and four fangs, a flat nose with scroll-like nostrils and long finger-like protrusions above it, round bulging eyes with spiky-pointed "eyelashes," protruding ears, and a short beard or lip plug below the lower lip. Protruding from the creature's back is a simple flaring jar vessel with a flat, disk-like rim. The surface of the clay is rough, and the surface of the jar is especially irregular.
The small disc in the palm of the cats paws is typical of Jama Coaque objects.
Condition: Good except for thin cracks in various areas over the entire surface.
Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome
any additional information you might have.