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Lord, Jama-Coaque, AD 400

The culture called La Tolita/Tumaco and its neighbor, the Jama-Coaque, flourished two thousand years ago in the Pacific coast lowlands close to the border of present-day Ecuador and Colombia. The period of the greatest cultural achievement lasted until around AD 400. Some ceramic figures allude to the chiefs of Jama-Coaque, as they bear splendid regalia announcing their rank and status. This reconstruction is based on a ceramic figure which was found in San Isidoro (Manabi): A seated lord wears spectacular ear ornaments, a headdress of sea snails, and a collar made of green stones. He bears a lime flask in one hand and, in the other, a spatula. These were the implements of coca-chewing, a prerogative of Andean rulers in rites performed at specified times.

Lord, Jama-Coaque, AD 400

Lord, Jama-Coaque, AD 400