Pre-Columbian, North Coast Peru, Moche culture, ca. 100 to 600 CE. A hand-carved wooden weaver's peg with a lengthy conical body, a rectangular handle, and an anthropomorphic male figural finial. Each side of the handle is decorated in intricately-incised stepped, circular, and arrow-shaped motifs. Atop the handle is a human male figure, displayed nude and in a crawling position, with an expanded chest, sinuous limbs, and exposed genitalia. His head is raised perfectly upright compared to his oddly-angled body with incised almond eyes, a petite nose, a projecting mandible, and bar-shaped ears, all beneath a chevron-adorned headdress. Fine brown patina covers the entirety of this ancient wooden sculpture. Custom wooden display stand included. Size: 1.125" W x 5.9" H (2.9 cm x 15 cm); 6.375" H (16.2 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: private Southern California, USA collection, acquired in the 1970s to mid-1980s
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Repairs to both legs and back area of rectangular handle. Fissures to areas of peg, handle, and finial, with stabilization material applied to each area. Minor nicks to peg, handle, and finial, with minor fading to some finer details. Light earthen deposits and nice brown patina throughout.