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Pre-Columbian, North Coast Peru, Chavin, ca. 1200 to 500 BCE. A grand pectoral created for a Lord-King, comprised of 25 beads cut from human bone (likely from sacrificial victims) with three plaques depicting trophy heads in high relief - the two outer ones finely carved from turquoise, the central one from human bone. The ensemble is arranged in an attractive, well-balanced, graduated design. Size: 12.5" W x 5.75" H (31.8 cm x 14.6 cm); 11" H (27.9 cm) on included custom stand.

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

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#144360

Condition

Expected wear commensurate with age. Minor fissures and nicks to peripheries of bone beads. Scattered deposits on surfaces. All beads and plaques are ancient. Modern stringing likely used to assemble.

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Rare & Important Chavin Human Bone & Turquoise Pectoral

Estimate $4,500 - $7,000May 23
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