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Lot 0479
**Originally Listed At $850**

Pre-Columbian, north coast of Peru, Sican/Lambayeque culture, ca. 750 to 1370 CE. A group of five silver (93-96% pure) boxes, each with a flat lid held in place by two loop hinges on one long side. Each is decorated with repeated repousse motifs of chevrons/waves on every surface but the underside. Metalwork was a Lambayeque specialty, much of it made at the site of Batan Grande, with a tradition that lasted roughly 600 years. Based on burials, we know that only the most elite members of society had access to metal objects (the classes below them had ceramics designed to look like metal objects), but we also know that these members of society were very wealthy and that the demand for metal objects like these silver boxes was incredibly high for the small number of people consuming them. This society flaunted its wealth and was prosperous for a long period of time. Size of largest: 1.25" L x 2.4" W x 0.8" H (3.2 cm x 6.1 cm x 2 cm); silver alloy is 93-96% pure; total weight of all: 53.1 grams

Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection; ex-private Hans Juergen Westermann collection, Germany

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One has a broken hinge; one has a repaired hinge. Otherwise intact and in beautiful condition with dark patina on surface. Slight bending to corners.

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Rare Sican Lambayeque Silver Boxes (5 varying sizes)

Estimate $1,700 - $2,550Oct 17
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Louisville, CO, USA