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Lot 86: Pair of Fine Pre-Columbian Wooden Loom Sticks
27 October 2016
Louisville, CO, USALive Auction
North Coast, Peru, Chimu or Chancay, ca. 900 to 1300 CE. Two finely carved hardwood loom sticks. The taller presents a finial in the form of a visage with a somber expression (note the downturned mouth), large ear ornaments, a domed headdress adorned with an incised chevron pattern, and when viewed from the opposite side, a garment adorned with a matching chevron pattern. Though his torso is missing, he stands on diminuitive legs. The second loom stick possesses a figural finial comprised of two abstract faces with pointed ears, perhaps representing jaguars, linked by an arched form that is incised with a stylized circular motif. Beneath the double visaged finial is a register incised with a repeated wave motif. Both show lovely patina and are in nice condition. Custom, museum-quality stand. Size: taller loom stick measures 17" H (43.2 cm); 18.5" H (10.8 cm x 47 cm) on stand
Provenance: Ex-Bill Freeman collection, Santa Fe, NM
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Condition Report: Nick to tip and back of finial of longer loom stick. Otherwise intact with expected minor surface scratches.