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Lot 0487
**Originally Listed At $800**

Pre-Columbian, South Coast Peru, Huari (Wari) culture, ca. 700 to 1000 CE. A hand-carved wooden totem figure standing atop broad feet and bent legs while holding an abstract amphibian against the broad chest. The semicircular head boasts incised almond-shaped eyes, a triangular nose, deep nasolabial folds flanking pursed lips, and a broad forehead, all beneath a cylindrical hat inlaid with four white-and-purple spondylus shell fragments. Wooden figures from ancient Peru are extremely scarce due to the decomposition of wood over time. This is an exceedingly rare example! Size: 1.1" W x 4.25" H (2.8 cm x 10.8 cm).

Provenance: private Probst collection, Monterey, California, USA, acquired in the mid-1970s to mid-1990s

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Minor abrasions to legs, body, and head, with softening to some finer details, and chipping to some inlaid shell fragments, otherwise intact and very good. Light earthen deposits and fine patina throughout.

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Huari Wood Standing Totem w/ Shell Inlay

Estimate $1,500 - $2,250
$6500 bids
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