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Lot 9: Post Conquest Chimu Stirrup Jar - Scorpions
07 November 2016
Louisville, CO, USA
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**Originally listed for 200.
Pre-Columbian, North Coast Peru, Chimu, ca. 1000 to 1400 CE. A handsome burnished blackware mold-made stirrup vessel decorated with a scorpion on each side, most likely a holdover reference to the legendary deity Ai Apaec who is oftentimes represented as a spider with eight legs. Further adorning the sides of the vessel are a pair of Andean animorphic figures. Quite an unusual example with intriguing iconography. Size: 4.125" W x 7.25" H (10.5 cm x 18.4 cm)
The Chimu civilization developed after the Moche, flourishing from 1000 to 1400 CE, during the Late Intermediate Period, prior to the rise of the Inca Empire, and Chimu artisans were heavily influenced by the Moche. Stirrup vessels were the prominent ceramic form of the ancients of Peru, and they provide a window onto the religion, rituals, socio-economics and every day life of these Pre-Columbian cultures. All aspects of life were depicted on these vessels: naturalistic plants and animals, anthropomorphized animals that often represented deities, portraits, scenes of daily life ranging from the erotic to the sacrificial to the militaristic.
Provenance: Ex - D. Kelly collection
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Condition Report: Spout reattached and minor surface wear as shown.