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Finding aid to the Ecuador Figurine Drawing collection, undated MS.1308
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  • Arrangement
  • Scope and contents
  • Preferred citation
  • Historical note
  • Access
  • Use
  • Processing history
  • Acquisition

  • Title: Ecuador Figurine Drawing collection
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.1308
    Contributing Institution: Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.25 Linear feet (1 box)
    Date: undated
    Abstract: The collection is comprised of 160 photocopies of drawings that depict figurines, which were likely produced by the Jama Coaque (200 B.C.–800 A.D.) culture in the province of Manabí in Ecuador. Date that the photocopies were made is unknown. In the pre-Columbian era, the Manabí region was inhabited by many cultures who produced ceramic figurines, including the Bahia, Jama Coaque, Guangala and Tolita/Tumaco cultures. Although ceramics from these cultures share some resemblances, the figurines depicted in this collection most closely resemble those of the Jama Coaque culture.

    Arrangement

    Original order has been retained. The sets are collated with the drawings in numerical order according to the numbering on the labels.

    Scope and contents

    The collection is comprised of 160 photocopies of drawings that depict figurines, which were likely produced by the Jama Coaque (200 B.C.–800 A.D.) culture in the province of Manabí in Ecuador.
    There are two identical sets of drawings with each set consisting of 80 sheets. Most sheets contain labels with handwritten notes in Spanish listing the number of the figurine and geographic locations. All the labels list the province Manabí and either Cojimies or Pedernales, which are coastal cities in Manabí, Ecuador. The labels also contain a third location, which may be the name of an archeological site.

    Preferred citation

    Ecuador Figurine Drawings, undated, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS.1308.

    Historical note

    In the pre-Columbian era, the Manabí region was inhabited by many cultures who produced ceramic figurines, including the Bahia, Jama Coaque, Guangala and Tolita/Tumaco cultures. Although ceramics from these cultures share some resemblances, the figurines depicted in this collection most closely resemble those of the Jama Coaque culture. Figures produced by the Jama Coaque were more elaborately decorated than those of other cultures in the region during this period. Jama Coaque figurines were decorated with fine carving and painted in many colors, with many figures wearing ceremonial garments, crowns, pendants and collars. Jama Coaque figurines were often made from molds and had an average height of seven to twelve inches. Figurines frequently depicted warriors, musicians, hunters, dancers, or zoomorphic figures. Although some Jama Coaque figurines were attached to vessels, most were freestanding.
    References:
    Estrada, Emilio. Prehistoria de Manabi. Guayaquil, Ecuador: Editorial Vida, 1957.
    Falling Rain Genomics, Inc. “Directory of cities, towns, and regions in Ecuador.” http://www.fallingrain.com/world/EC/ (Accessed August 17, 2008).
    Porras G., Pedro I. Nuestro ayer: manual de arqueología ecuatoriana. Quito, Ecuador: Centro de Investigaciones Arquelógicas, 1987.

    Access

    Collection is open for research. Appointments to view materials are required. To make an appointment please visit http://theautry.org/research/research-rules-and-application or contact library staff at rroom@theautry.org. An item-level inventory is available from library staff.

    Use

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Autry National Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Autry Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Autry National Center as the custodian of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Processing history

    Initial processing and finding aid completed by Krystal Appiah, 2008. Final processing completed by Anna Liza Posas 2012 October 17. Final processing of collection and publication of finding aid made possible by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

    Acquisition

    Donor unknown, acquired by the Braun Research Library before 2008.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Cojimies (Ecuador)
    Drawings
    Ecuador -- Antiquities
    Indians of South America -- Ecuador
    Jama Coaque culture
    Manabi (Ecuador)
    Pedernales (Ecuador)
    Photocopies