Beautifully combining shape, pattern and
texture, this black ware vase is a classic example
of Chavin ceramic art. The intricately stylized
designs that adorn each side of the vessel relate
to Chavin mythology, probably depicting animal
combat on a cosmic level. The artist has
alternated smooth, highly polished areas with a
roughly stippled surface that are a delight to the
hand as well as to the eye. The vases bold,
sculptural shape appeals to modern sensibilities.
The pleasure we find in its presence unites us,
however briefly, with the vanished culture that
first created it.