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Chavin Blackware Stirrup Vessel in the Form of a Seated Hunter - PF.2045
Origin: Northern Coast of Peru
Circa: 500 BC to 100 BC
Dimensions: 9" (22.9cm) high
Catalogue: V7
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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A man with an elaborate ridged hairstyle sits with a hoofed animal slung over his shoulders. Is this a depiction of everyday life, or a scene from Peruvian myth or legend? The animal appears to be a vicuna or perhaps a llama or a deer, creatures still native to the Andes region. It is perhaps a votive sacrifice intended for the gods, or game to be sold at market, or maybe a famous hunter whose name has been forgotten with time. There is a lively, vivid quality to the modeling, a sense of life that connects us directly with that vanished world. - (PF.2045)


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