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Recuay Style Costumed Figure with a Llama - PF.1865
Origin: Northern Highlands of Peru
Circa: 300 AD to 800 AD
Dimensions: 8.25" (21.0cm) high
Catalogue: V5
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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A dignified figure is accompanied by a llama, the principal beast of burden in the ancient Andes. The man's elaborate costume is depicted in vivid detail. He carries a rectangular shield, which suggests that he is a warrior, but the owl motif that crowns his headdress is often associated with shamanism and magic. Clearly he is a person of high rank, perhaps one of the prist- kings who governed ancient Peru. The Llama that accompanies him may be intended as a gift for the person in whose tomb this sculpture was buried so long ago. Though boldly abstract in design, such a piece links us in an intimate way with distant human lives, exotic and yet familiar all at once. - (PF.1865)


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