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Lot 0438
**Originally Listed At $1200**

Pre-Columbian, South Coast Peru, Cavernas, Paracas culture, ca. 500 to 300 BCE. A hand-carved wooden scepter of a type used by lord-kings in the Paracas culture. The scepter has an elongated rod shape and is incised with repeating diamond-shaped panels filled with characteristically abstract avian and fish forms figures. The handle and body are separated by a thin hammered sheet of 88% gold (equivalent to 21K+ gold), and the handle end is comprised of an abstract saurian figure in relief. Size: 18.5" L x 0.7" W (47 cm x 1.8 cm); 5.35" H (13.6 cm) on included custom stand; quality of gold: 88% (equivalent to 21K+).

Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection

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#145305

Condition

Old losses to end opposite handle as shown. Minor abrasions to handle and body, with light softening to some incised motifs, and minor indentations to gold sheet. Light earthen deposits and fine patina throughout.

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Paracas Incised Wood Scepter w/ Gold Trim

Estimate $2,400 - $3,600Oct 17
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