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Lot 0103B
Pre-Columbian, Peru (South Coast), Paracas culture, ca. 800 to 100 BCE. Camelid bone carved into the shape of a scepter or finial, capped by a dramatic human figure. The figure holds out a stick of some kind, perhaps representing a musical instrument like a flute, with its hands at a dramatic angle to its arms, which are stretched out as far as they can go. The figure's head has a huge, elongated upper portion, probably indicating the practice of skull shaping, which is known from the Paracas region. The head is adorned with a squared-off headdress. The eyes may once have had inlays or some applied decoration. Size: 2.9" W x 11.1" H (7.4 cm x 28.2 cm); 12.35" H (31.4 cm) on included custom stand.

Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection

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Repaired at the lower part of the body, with some overpainting along the repair lines. Another repair to the end of the "flute" and the tip of that may be lost. Rich patina from age and handling.

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Pre-Columbian Paracas Camelid Bone Scepter - Shaman

Estimate $3,400 - $5,100Dec 6, 2018
Louisville, CO, USA