Chucu, Pre-Inca "Tiles" or "Plaques" Decorated with Geometric Checkerboard

Chucu, Pre-Inca "Tiles" or "Plaques" Decorated with Geometric Checkerboard


Description: These "tiles" or ceramic plaques are known as Chucus and are offerings to the mountains. They are made from large storage vessels broken or collapsed and recycled with the inside wall painted with mineral pigments and hematite. They are found in caves stacked on top of each other and are generally considered as offerings to the gods for water and fertility. These plaques were string cut into squares or rectangles in sizes ranging from 5 inches to 18 inches squared. The tiles are decorated with a checkerboard of Cinnabar and Hematite. Similar examples are illustrated in ANCESTORS OF THE INCAS-The lost Civilizations of Peru by Kauffman- Doig, pg.141
Dimensions: Length 6" x Width 5.5"
Date: Peru, Ica/Chincha, South Coast, c. AD 1000 - 1450
Condition Report: Good with original traces of the red and pyrite pigments
Notes: MM714
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