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Ceremonial Table

Artist/Maker: Gran Chiriquí (Panama)

Date: ca. 800-1550
Medium: volcanic stone
Overall: 4 7/8 x 10 7/8 x 6 7/8 in. (12.4 x 27.6 x 17.5 cm)
Classification: Art Works
Credit Line: Gift of Greta Gurr
Object number: 90.0126.85
DescriptionThis rather small size of this unusual table made of volcanic stone suggests it was probably used for ceremonial practices. On the top and either side of the table are two zoomorphic figures, mixtures between crocodile and feline forms. The combination of two animals is a characteristic motif in ancient Panamanian cultures, and overall an important motif in indigenous mythology. The bottom of the table is decorated with snakes wrapped around a tree. In Panamá today, small bowls and tablets are used for healing or religious rituals, usually associated with herbs, leaves, and cacao, and this table may once have served a similar purpose.
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