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Samuel Kirkland Lothrop

PRE-COLUMBIAN

DESIGNS FROM PANAMA

591 ILLUSTRATIONS OF COCLE POTTERY

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Copyright © 1976 by Dover Publications, Inc.

All rights reserved under Pan American and

International Copyright Conventions.

Published in Canada by General Publishing

Company,

Ltd.,

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Road,

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Toronto, Ontario. Published in the United Kingdom by Constable

and Company, Ltd., 10 Orange Street, London

WC 2.

(Part I of the work, not represented here, bore

the part title Historical Background; Excavations

at the Sitio Conte; Artifacts and Ornaments; it

was published by the Museum as Vol. VII of its

Memoirs in 1937.)

DOVE r r PittonaloArchive SERIES

Pre-Columbian Designs from Panama: 591 Illus-

 

trations of Code

Pottery belongs to the Dover

Columbian Designs from Panama: 5"i Illus-

Pictorial

Archive Series. Up

to ten illustrations

trations of Code Pottery, lirst published by Dover

Publications, Inc., in 1976, is a selection of illustra-

tions from the work Code:

An Arcliaeological

Study of Central Panama; Pari 11: Pottery of the

Sitio Conde and Othei

Archaeological Sites by

Samuel KirUand Lothrop, Vol. VIII of the Memoirs

of

the Peabody Museum

ot Archaeology

and

Ethnology, Harvard University, published by the

Peabody

Museum, Cambridge.

Mass.,

in

1942.

may be reproduced on any one project or in any

single publication, free and without special per- mission. Wherever possible, include a credit line

indicating the title of this book, author and pub-

lisher. Please address the publisher for permission

to make more extensive use of illustrations in this

book than that authorized above. The reproduction of this book in whole is pro-

hibited.

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PUBLISHER'S NOTE

Code is a province of central

Panama on

that nation's southern

coast. Discoveries of Indian objects from Code were made sporadi-

cally from about 1850, but it was not until 1915 that a unified local

culture of a high order was recognized by archeologists, and formal

excavations began only in 1925.

Between 1930 and 1933 Harvard's Peabody Museum of Archae-

ology and Ethnology carried out extensive work in Code, the results

of which were published in two large volumes in 1937 and 1942 (the

latter also covering work done in 1940; for the full original titles,

see the bibliographical statement on the

facing page).

The chief

author of these books was the distinguished anthropologist Samuel

Kirkland Lothrop (1892-1965), who directed the 1933 and 1940

excavations.

The Indian culture that created the unearthed objects was the one that was flourishing at the time of the Spanish Conquest in the early

sixteenth century. These artifacts, which were found in burial sites,

include objects of gold and other metals, jewelry of semiprecious

stones, bone and ivory (whale-tooth) carvings, textiles and pottery.

The present book, which includes every illustration from the 1942

volume that shows a Code artifact, covers the pottery, which exists

in a wide variety of forms and decoration. There are vessels with

human heads, or in the shape of fish, frogs, birds, monkeys, coatis

and other mammals. The painted motifs include striking geometric

and abstract patterns, human and semihuman beings animal forms (birds, crabs, serpents, felines).

and many

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PRE-COLUMBIAN DESIGNS

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Samuel Kirkland Lothrop

For decades, since its discovery, the strange minoi

culture <>l Cocle in Panama

has held an unusual position lot archeologists and ail historians. Small in area,

fairly

recenl

in date, weak in main ol the higher attributes ol

Mcsoaim t it an

civilization, Code* is well-known for a ceramu stvle ot remarkably high quality

a st\le thai < an beat comparison with similar products ol the greal civilizations ol

pi i ^-Columbian America.

The artist-ceramists ol

Coclc worked within a

relatively narrow scope, mostly

painting howls lot ceremonial use, hut this painting emerges as one ol the most

imaginative art Forms in the Americas, with countless new and powerful versions

ol genera] motifs that run through the native civilizations.

Included on Coclc vessels are beautifully composed polychrome stylizations ol

gods and nun. bird*, ujI>n. serpents,

jaguars, demons, monsters, and a

host

ol

geometrii

.u\^\ al>straci patterns. The designs are all styled in the same convention.

so that

the\ olhi

quite like them

a consistent bod\ ol aii thai

is tunque:

is nothing else

I he present volume contains more than 500 illusiiations ol

this t^oclc ceramu

sivle. each strongly reproduced in black and white, but with indications loi

the

original rich colors.

I bey constitute most ol the illustrations foi a < lassie ol Amer-

ican archeologx, Coclt

An Archaeological Study of (.ennui Panama bv

Samuel

K Lothrop.

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illustrations are highly prized bv modern ceramists, leather-

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workers, textile workers, graphic ai lists and others who prize strong, sophisticated,

fantastic design.

Original I )ovei (1976) publication, derived from Cocle (1*111') .591 illustrations.

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