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Chavin Blackware Stirrup Vessel with Incised Decorations - K.069
Origin: Northern Coast of Peru
Circa: 1200 BC to 600 BC
Dimensions: 8.875" (22.5cm) high
Catalogue: V5
Collection: Pre Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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The circular shape and incised decoration of this charming flask evoke the natural gourd forms which served as vessels in pre-ceramic times. The motif of gracefully curving lines which appears on either side of the flask probably represents a mythological beast. We do not need to understand it fully to appreciate its abstract elegance. The powerful simplicity and intriguing lines of such a vessel speak to us across all barriers of time and culture. - (K.069)


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