Pre-Columbian, North Coast Peru, Chavin, ca. 900 to 500 BCE. A hand-carved stone cup with a flat base, tall walls, and a thick rim surrounding a deep interior cavity. The exterior of the vessel boasts intricately incised details which form a quartet of abstract zoomorphic heads exhibiting saurian-like details. The abstract presentation shows each pair of heads facing each other with grimacing mouths and piercing eyes, and vertical helix-form columns separate each snarling face from the other. Size: 3.2" W x 3.8" H (8.1 cm x 9.7 cm).
Provenance: private southwestern Pennsylvania, USA collection
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Minor abrasions to rim, walls, and base, with light encrustations within some recessed areas, otherwise intact and excellent. Light earthen deposits throughout.