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Moche Stirrup Vessel in the Form of a Llama - K.114
Origin: Northern Coast of Peru
Circa: 200 BC to 200 AD
Dimensions: 9.5" (24.1cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

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Location: United States
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In ancient times as today, the llama was invaluable to the people of the Andes. Sure- footed on narrow mountain trails, it was prized as a beast of burden. Its wool provided warm clothing against the cold mountain air. As flocks of sheep and goats were the measure of a man's wealth in biblical times, so the llama gave status to the Ancient Peruvians. In this charming vessel, a kneeling llama is laden with a saddlebag, as if anticipating a long journey. Centuries ago, it was created to follow its owner on the winding path through eternity. Surely after all this time, it has earned the right to rest. - (K.114)

 

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