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Lot 0084A
Pre-Columbian, north coast of Peru, Chavin, ca. 12th to 5th century BCE. A fascinating ceramic vessel, conical with a wide, flared mouth. Projecting from one side is the grotesque face of a shaman, anthropomorphic with different facial features on the left and right. The face is in high relief, with projecting features, including a snub nose, large ears, and expressive eyes. One side of the face appears to represent a young person, while the other, with the bags around the eye, suggest an older person. The body of the vessel is burnished grey, with a pale beige color on the face; red cinnabar pigment colors the lower profile areas of the face. The artwork of Chavin represents the first widespread style in the Andes. Size: 6.6" W x 4.1" H (16.8 cm x 10.4 cm)

Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection; ex-private H. J. Westermann collection, Germany

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#136606

Condition

Repaired and restored from multiple pieces. Repairs are extremely well done and difficult to see. Overpainting along repair lines.

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Rare Chavin Pottery Olla - Shaman Face

Estimate $8,000 - $10,000Jul 19, 2018
686 S. Taylor Avenue Suite 106
Louisville, CO 80027
United States
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