Pre-Columbian, Peru, Inca, ca. 1300 to 1520 CE. A finely carved grey-green stone canopa or votive offering in the form of an alpaca or llama, with a deep, hollowed out hole on the back used to make offerings to Pacchamama in order to ensure fertility and a healthy harvest. The opening would have been filled with tallow and buried in a field. Canopas were also regarded as prized personal items, carried by their owners as good-luck talismans. Size: 2.5" L x 2" H (6.4 cm x 5.1 cm)
Provenance: private Salter collection, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA since 1990
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