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Male Coquero Figure

Artist/Maker: Nariño-Carchi (Colombia/Ecuador)

Date: 400-1532
Medium: pottery and paint
Overall: 6 1/2 x 3 5/8 x 5 3/8 in. (16.5 x 9.2 x 13.7 cm)
Classification: Art Works
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Bischoff
Object number: 84.0246.18
DescriptionThe custom of chewing coca leaves was so ingrained for inhabitants of the Andean slopes that it was not uncommon for a man to carry a wad in his mouth from morning to night. The chewing of the coca leaf produces reduced sensations of hunger and fatigue. The bulge in the cheek of this seated male figure identifies him as a coca chewer. The small pouch (shuspa) worn over his shoulder carries a daily supply of the dried coca leaf. The use of a bench is usually associated with a person of authority or a religious figure.
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