Pre-Columbian, South Coast Peru, Incan Empire, ca. 1200 to 1532 CE. A beautiful bead, hand-carved from a mottled cobalt-hued stone with white veining known as sodalite. The figure sits upon attenuated legs and holds a small bowl in front of its slender abdomen with both arms, with a stocky neck supporting an enlarged head. The minimalist visage is composed of almond-shaped eyes, a prominent nose with delineated nostrils, large ears, and parted lips, all beneath a simple cap. Bright red cinnabar accents are rubbed into areas surrounding the ears, mouth, arms, and legs, giving a vibrant contrast to the violet blue color of the stone. Biconically-drilled from the top of the head through the base, this bead would have likely served as a pendant on a larger necklace or accessory. Size: 0.3" W x 0.8" H (0.8 cm x 2 cm).
Provenance: private Los Angeles County, California, USA collection; ex-private Los Angeles, California, USA collection
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