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By Olga Linares

Olga Linares deals a reinterpretation of the vintage rank-societies of the significant Panamanian provinces in keeping with archaeological, ecological, iconographic, ethnohistoric, and ethnographic facts, and concludes that the paintings variety of this quarter used animal motifs as a metaphor in expressing the characteristics of aggression and hostility attribute of social and political existence within the vital provinces.

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A more dynamic or easy flowing symmetry was achieved by the rhythmic repetition of the same design element, around and around, or by simply having one motif that unfurls. More interesting ways of achieving overall balance are by duplication of the same general motif face down or on the other side, or by alternation of one motif with another, so that motifs facing each other in a kind of radial symmetry are generally the same (Fig. 29). But—and this is important—they are never identical, never mirror images of each other.

Then the top and bottom of these were “sketched in” and subsequently filled with black. This procedure may have been facilitated by turning the vessel around. The result was the YC scroll, which could then be b d Fig. 22 Drawings of Sitio Conte Polychrome plates showing different modes of dividing the decorative field (after Lothrop 1942: Figs. 37, 44b, 60b, 64). a. Panelling. b. Quartering. c. Halving. d. Centering. b c d Fig. 23 (above) Techniques for creating designs on Conte-style Polychrome vessels.

The main occupant was Fig. 15 Río Caño “temple” site, Coclé province. (left) Old photograph of the 1926 excavations of A. Hyatt Verrill. (center and right) Stone figures found at the site. Photos courtesy of the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation, New York. placed in the middle (Fig. 16b). Originally seated on a wooden stool, long since decayed and disintegrated, he had some sort of makeshift shelter around him for protection and on every side were rows of corpses with heads pressed into the ground and the outstretched bodies generally facing east (see Fig.

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