Chavin Blackware Stirrup Vessel with Incised Decorations - K.069 Origin: Northern Coast of Peru Circa: 1200
BC Dimensions:8.875" (22.5cm) high Catalogue: V5 Collection: Pre Columbian Medium: Terracotta
The circular shape and incised decoration of this
charming flask evoke the natural gourd forms
which served as vessels in pre-ceramic times.
The motif of gracefully curving lines which
appears on either side of the flask probably
represents a mythological beast. We do not need
to understand it fully to appreciate its abstract
elegance. The powerful simplicity and intriguing
lines of such a vessel speak to us across all
barriers of time and culture.