Santa Ana, Californie, The Bowers Museum, Guardians of the Lifestream, Shamans, Art and Power in Prehispanic Central Panama, 1995 (cat. fig.14).
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TONOSI POLYCHROME DUAL-SPOUTED VESSEL
CA. A.D. 400-500
Of globular form with a smaller effigy spout in the form of an upright lizard, the splayed legs and tail painted with a long undulating tail encompassing the vessel, with a standing long beaked bird within the folds surrounded by various motifs including a lined rectangular form possibly a bird trap, ovals possibly indicating turtle eggs, and stylized stars ; in deep brown and reddish-brown on the tan ground.
The iconography relates to indigenous myths concerning the shamans ability to obtain and dominate the avians, and the magical shamanic journey, symbolized in part by the dual opening of the vessel, which has further connotations to the female reproductive zone.