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Chavin Blackware Stirrup Vessel in the Form of a Temple - K.099
Origin: Northern Coast of Peru
Circa: 1200 BC to 600 BC
Dimensions: 9.5" (24.1cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Style: Chavin
Medium: Terracotta


Location: UAE
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With the serene simplicity of a Japanese lantern, this Chavin vessel represents a circular building, either a temple or a tomb. Is this abstract structure modeled after an earthly building, or does it evoke a cosmic home, vast as the heavens themselves? Are human beings meant to climb its pyramidal steps, or are these intended for the footsteps of gods? From such clues as this, surviving when the larger structure is lost, we gain a fascinating glimpse into a vanished world. - (K.099)

 

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