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Pre-Columbian, southern Peru, Inca hinterlands (Chucu), ca. 1300 to 1500 CE. A beautiful pottery plaque of a rectangular form with a convex obverse face. The front features several incised striations that intersect to form dozens of 'plots' marked with yellow pigment, and two central plots are accentuated with vibrant red and blue paint. Plaques like this example were placed as offerings to Pacha Mama and Pacha Papa (Mother and Father Earth) to ensure health among the livestock and among human inhabitants of the clan, so the layout perhaps indicates a specific swath of land being prayed for. Lucite display stand for photography purposes only. Size: 11.75" L x 11.7" W (29.8 cm x 29.7 cm)
This piece has been tested using thermoluminescence (TL) analysis and has been found to be ancient and of the period stated. A full report will accompany purchase.
Provenance: ex-private Hawaii, USA collection, acquired in 2004; ex-private Hillberg collection, Sonoma County, California, USA, acquired between 1960 and 1970
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Minor abrasions and nicks to front, back, and peripheries, with fading to original pigmentation, and softening to some incised striations, otherwise intact and very good. Nice traces of original pigment across obverse, and light earthen deposits throughout.