Seller: precolumbianceramics (1,055) 100%, Location: Florida, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 371488414538 This is a reproduction of an original piece from the San Agustin culture, which flourished between 600 BC-1000 AD in what is today the area of Huila in the southwest of Colombia. San Agustin was a center of ceremonies, and is famous for its large statues made from carved volcanic rock. This piece is an 'alcarraza', or jug, used for carrying liquid, much like a canteen. It would be hung by a belt around the waist by the rounded handle, and easily carried. Because of the shape of the spouts, the contents would not easily spill, yet would flow freely when inverted. Alcarrazas are seen in many different groups, decorated with animals and figures typical of there areas. This piece is a beautifully balanced baarrel jug, that was ceremonial in use, found in a burial site. The ceramics from the San Agustin zone are ceremonial in use, and the majority are black. This piece with its unusual form is lovely used as a decorative piece or accent. Little is known about these cultures that occupied the area in and near Colombia. The San Agustin group were excellent goldsmiths and ceramists, and one of the few groups to leave the large stone pieces that survive to tell an ancient story. Because of the abundance of gold in the area, once the Spaniards arrived, whole groups were wiped out to loot the treasures. The legend of El Dorado fueled more and more exploration. Even today, burial grounds can be discovered and pillaged, leaving little to study. Ceramics that remain today are from tombs, and are ceremonial in their use, representing rituals and events in their lives. Governments have now made international trade of these original pieces illegal. As we piece together bits left behind, we can begin to see cultures that were quite amazing, and begin to see how our world is not as large as we often believe. These pieces pay homage to those cultures. They are faithfully reproduced from originals, hand crafted by applying the same techniques and the same natural materials used by ancient potters in its elaboration and decoration. Each piece comes with a card giving a brief description of it and the group that produced it. Measurements: 9” tall, 6” wide. Ceramic, black monochrome finish Sold by: precolumbianceramics Powered by eBay Turbo Lister The free listing tool. List your items fast and easy and manage your active items.