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Paracas/Nazca Vessel in the Form of a Monkey - K.003
Origin: Southern Coast of Peru
Circa: 200 BC to 200 AD
Dimensions: 8.5" (21.6cm) high
Catalogue: V7
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta


Location: United States
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The monkey figures prominently in the iconography of Ancient Peru. In some instances, the creatures are depicted with charming naturalism; in others they are held up as comic mirrors of human activity. For the Nazca of the South Coast, the monkey God was a fierce and powerful deity, responsible for maintaining the balance of the cosmos. This delightful vessel, from the transitional period between the Paracas and Nazca styles, shows a plump-seated monkey holding an offering cup. Though his curling tale and ears identify him as a monkey, there is an appealing human quality about him. The pleasure he brings us bridges the centuries, uniting us momentarily with the vanished world that created him. - (K.003)

 

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