Pre-Columbian, Peru, Chavin, ca. 900 to 200 BCE. One of the earliest types of stirrup vessel, from the "Classic Chavin" period, as it represents the early mono-colored stirrup vessels found in the mountains and river valleys of Northern Peru. In the classic style, it has a large spout, a curved, thick handle, and a grey stone polished surface. This particual vessel has a complex texture featuring rows of raised lines crisscrossed with incised herringbone designs, making it resemble a cactus. This probably represents the San Pedro cactus, whose branches contain a hallucinogenic substance that seems to have been used for traditional medicine and rituals. Size: 5.4" W x 9.05" H (13.7 cm x 23 cm)
Stirrup vessels were practical as well as beautiful, with their narrow necks preventing much of the evaporation that would have otherwise happened in the dry deserts of Peru. Vessels like this one are found in large quantities in elite burials from the region.
Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection; ex-private Alexander Alcevedo collection, New York, USA; ex- Fred Leighthon collection, Madison Ave. Jeweler, New York, USA
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Vessel has been repaired and restored where the handles meet the body and at the neck. Repairs are exceptionally well done and almost impossible to see.