Pair of figures
Baked grey clay. Height 14 cm. Width 9.6 cm. Length 15 cm.

Sculpture of a beautiful and svelte Tumaco-La Tolita female, from approximately 500 A.D., perched on a circular base and seat attached to a foot stump, and dressed in a simple skirt. She is absorbed in the task of threading. Her body is slender and graceful, with a bared and erect chest, hands in active movement. The cranial deformation of the head and the headdress give her dignity and pride; her expression suggests that her thoughts are focused on the task of producing thread. The frame of the wheel is incomplete and the right side has a box where we can infer there are tools to spin and make fabric: needles, spindle whorls, fabric samples and dreams.
This object is a rarity in the iconography of the Tumaco-La Tolita. It is significant and different. There are few objects that describe a task in three dimensions and where there is a scene depicting the everyday life of this vigorous indigenous community. It is important to note in this wonderful piece of pottery that traces of painted decoration still survive today; the residue of red, black and white paint has survived despite the heavy, torrential rains that affect this geographical area. This area has the second highest annual rainfall in the world; an abundance of water that descends without mercy, diluting important traces of the pictorial expression of that important period in time. The post-firing painting technique was usually used in a manner similar to the objects of the Jaina culture (Maya), which are very close iconographically and equally subtle in their detailing, albeit belonging to a later period than those created by the Tumaco-La Tolita culture.