Pre-Columbian, North Coast Peru, Chimu, ca. 1000 to 1400 CE. A fine blackware pottery vessel of an ovoid bottle form with a pair of high relief anthropomorphic figures, perhaps caziques given their headdresses, in a prone position on opposite shoulders of the piece, their faces looking toward the neck of the jar, alternating with two pairs of crawling jaguars in low relief. The jaguar symbolized power and might throughout the Pre-Columbian world. Warriors, rulers, hunters, and shamans alike associated themselves with this king of beasts, the largest and most powerful feline in the New World. As a nocturnal animal that sleeps in caves and dark places and creeps quietly in the forest, the jaguar has always evoked great mystery. Size: 7.375" W x 7.5" H (18.7 cm x 19 cm)
Provenance: private Pearson collection, Denver, Colorado, USA; ex Arte Primitivo Gallery, New York City, USA
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