Pre-Columbian, north coast of Peru, Sican/Lambayeque culture, ca. 750 to 1370 CE. A charming and rare twin-spouted silver stirrup vessel with a spherical body and conical, flared base. The stirrup has a low relief design of triangles and dots that look like a village at the foot of a chain of high mountain peaks. Size: 3.4" W x 5.25" H (8.6 cm x 13.3 cm)
Metalwork was a Lambayeque specialty, much of it made at the site of Batan Grande, with a tradition that lasted roughly 600 years. Based on burials, we know that only the most elite members of society had access to metal objects (the classes below them had ceramics designed to look like metal objects), but we also know that these members of society were very wealthy and that the demands for metal objects like this silver vessel were incredibly high for the small number of people consuming them. This society flaunted its wealth and was prosperous for a long period of time.
Provenance: Ex- Major California auction house, Ex Artemis Gallery - 2007
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