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Pre-Columbian, North Coast Peru, Chimu, ca. 1100 to 1470 CE. A hand-built redware pottery vessel of an adorable form depicting a llama with trussed legs; in addition, the mammal also has a petite greenstone amulet tied around its neck with modern string. A near-flat base supports the entirety of the animal, its fattened abdomen hollow and used for storing certain liquids, with a stirrup handle and spout projecting from the top. The highly burnished surfaces are colors in red-orange and brown hues with some notable areas of darkened fire-clouding. Llamas were an important animal in Pre-Columbian Peru, and many have been found buried in graves as if they were offerings or animal companions for the afterlife. This llama may represent one on its way to be sacrificed. Size: 7.7" L x 8.1" H (19.6 cm x 20.6 cm).
Provenance: ex-Frank Williams collection, Beverly Hills, California, USA, 1990s
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Repair to right ear and tied feet, with heavy restoration to spout, with minor chips and light adhesive residue along break lines. Minor abrasions and nicks to spout rim, ears, feet, and base, with fading and fire-darkening to areas of pigmentation, and light encrustations. Light earthen deposits within some recessed areas.