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Chavin Textured Redware Stirrup Vessel - PF.1872
Origin: Peru
Circa: 700 BC to 200 BC
Dimensions: 8.5" (21.6cm) high
Catalogue: V5
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Style: Chavin
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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The Chavin culture was the first great civilization of ancient Peru. Chavin artists created a remarkable ceramic legacy, notable for its abstract shapes and varied textures. Sometimes the vase forms seem drawn from nature, imitating gourds and fruits, while at other times they echo a deeper spirituality. This fascinating vessel has a stippled surface bisected by narrow channels and mysterious abstract protrusion at the front. What does it signify? Like a psychological test, it appears as something different to almost everyone who sees it. Intriguing, ambiguous, mysterious, this is an ancient artwork that appeals directly to contemporary taste. - (PF.1872)


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