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Chancay Hunchback Effigy Vessel - PF.1121
Origin: Central Coast of Peru
Circa: 1000 AD to 1300 AD
Dimensions: 8.5" (21.6cm) high
Catalogue: V5
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Style: Chancay
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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Wearing an elaborate costume, crowned with a tall headdress, this seated hunchback is clearly an individual of stature. For centuries, throughout ancient America, hunchbacks had been revered as the blessed of the gods, as people with supernatural powers. Hunchbacks figure prominently in funerary rituals as intermediaries to the realm of the spirits. Very possibly this vessel, intended for burial, reflects that fact. In his hypnotic presence, we do not doubt for an instant that this fellow knows many ancient secrets lost to us today. - (PF.1121)


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