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Chucu, Pre-Inca "Tiles" or "Plaques" Decorated with Geometric Checkerboard(98 views)
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
Condition Report: Good with original traces of the red and pyrite pigments
Dimensions: Length 6" x Width 5.5"
Date: Peru, Ica/Chincha, South Coast, c. AD 1000 - 1450