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Lot 0579
**Originally Listed At $800**

Pre-Columbian, northwestern Argentina (Calchaqui Valley to San Juan Province), Aguada Culture, ca. 700 CE. An intriguing carved stone vessel of a ovoid form with a pair of matching peccary or wild pig heads emerging from either end. The peccary with its flexible snout and pointed hoofs was an important animal in the ancient Americas. Though this piece is certainly not Mayan, it is interesting that in the Mayan Popol Voh, the "Great White Peccary" and the "Great White Tapir" were believed to be the oldest creater gods. In addition to its potential symbolic value, this piece was skillfully carved, and its stone presents rich deep grey-black hues. Size: 11.5" W x 4.375" H (29.2 cm x 11.1 cm)

Provenance: private Rochester, Michigan, USA collection

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Expected surface wear commensurate with age and environmental weathering, with a few disruptions to the surface and losses to tips of ears.

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Argentinian Aguada Stone Vessel w/ Pig Heads

Estimate $1,400 - $2,100Oct 17