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Rare Sican-Lambayeque Wood Litter Backrest w/ Birds
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Pre-Columbian, North Coast Peru, Sican / Lambayeque culture, ca. 10th to 11th century CE. A large hand-carved piece of wood, shaped to a roughly rectangular shape with the top corners flaring outward. This functioned as a backsplash or backrest for a litter, and is reminiscent of the Tumi shape. The front side is adorned with a register of avian forms and geometric stepped motifs above. The birds are shown in profile, with fanned tails, and circular eyes. The stepped motifs represent sacred pyramids. The verso is flat and free of carvings, and the bottom edge has 3 square holes to attach to the rest of the litter. Royalty were carried in ceremonial litters by four attendants lifting each corner. This is a rare item, and also noteworthy as it is carved from a singular piece of wood of this size and age. A massive tree may have been cut down and brought in from afar; quite an undertaking! Size: 46" L x 1" W x 33.75" H (116.8 cm x 2.5 cm x 85.7 cm); 36" H (91.4 cm) on included custom stand.

Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection; ex-Splendors of the World, acquired before 2010; ex-William Ridenour collection, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA, 2004

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Condition
Surface abrasions and stable fissures. Some losses to birds. Pressure cracks along edges on right side. Nicks and chips to peripheries. Impressive preservation of details and light mineral deposits.
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Rare Sican-Lambayeque Wood Litter Backrest w/ Birds

Estimate $12,000 - $18,000
Apr 01, 2021
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0099: Rare Sican-Lambayeque Wood Litter Backrest w/ Birds

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Est. $12,000 - $18,000Starting Price $6,000
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Lot 0099 Details

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Pre-Columbian, North Coast Peru, Sican / Lambayeque culture, ca. 10th to 11th century CE. A large hand-carved piece of wood, shaped to a roughly rectangular shape with the top corners flaring outward. This functioned as a backsplash or backrest for a litter, and is reminiscent of the Tumi shape. The front side is adorned with a register of avian forms and geometric stepped motifs above. The birds are shown in profile, with fanned tails, and circular eyes. The stepped motifs represent sacred pyramids. The verso is flat and free of carvings, and the bottom edge has 3 square holes to attach to the rest of the litter. Royalty were carried in ceremonial litters by four attendants lifting each corner. This is a rare item, and also noteworthy as it is carved from a singular piece of wood of this size and age. A massive tree may have been cut down and brought in from afar; quite an undertaking! Size: 46" L x 1" W x 33.75" H (116.8 cm x 2.5 cm x 85.7 cm); 36" H (91.4 cm) on included custom stand.

Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection; ex-Splendors of the World, acquired before 2010; ex-William Ridenour collection, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA, 2004

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience.

#162484
Condition
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Surface abrasions and stable fissures. Some losses to birds. Pressure cracks along edges on right side. Nicks and chips to peripheries. Impressive preservation of details and light mineral deposits.

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