Pre-Columbian, Ecuador, Earliest Horizon, Valdivian, ca. 2300 to 2000 BCE. A hand-carved stone owl effigy with stylized features, including a face dominated by eyes on its upper section and a perched body with abstract wings on its lower section, formed with a deep, rectangular groove. The owl was widely symbolic in the Pre-Columbian world. Owls were considered shamanic, guiding humans on their journeys to other worlds, the divine, and death. In some cultures an anthropomorphic owl represented a warrior or war god. As a nocturnal bird of prey, the owl was also associated with night hunters, darkness, and the Underworld. Size: 3" W x 6.8" H (7.6 cm x 17.3 cm); 7.8" H (19.8 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: ex private Indiana, USA collection, acquired at auction
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