The Chavin culture had a great appreciation for
the natural world, which is expressed in their art.
This splendid vessel strikes a lovely balance
between naturalism and abstraction, depicting
the textured skin of the cherimoya fruit as if it
were being peeled away. To hold this vessel is to
be aware of contrast: the modern hand delights
in the alternating bands of rough and smooth
just as the ancient hand did so long ago.