Anthropomorphic Figure (Sahumador)

Culture Manteño Guancavilca1100 - 1520

Museo Casa del Alabado

Museo Casa del Alabado
Quito, Ecuador

A Manteño Guancavilca personage seated on a bench embodies the axis mundi. As a priest or political authority he expresses his connection with the divine. His role as intermediary is signalled by symbols or high rank incised on his body, and the thumb mounted above a half pist is a gesture found in several art styles that signifies his ability to transform into a feline.


  • Title: Anthropomorphic Figure (Sahumador)
  • Creator: Culture Manteño Guancavilca
  • Date: 1100 - 1520
  • Provenance: Ecuadorian South Coast, Ecuadorian South Coast
  • Physical Dimensions: w58.5 x h28.9 cm
  • Culture: Manteño Guancavilca
  • Type: Pottery
  • Rights: Museo Casa del Alabado. Inventoried by National Institute of Cultural Heritage of Ecuador (INPC), Museo Casa del Alabado
  • External Link: http://alabado.org/
  • Medium: Clay

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