Pre-Columbian, Peru, Inca, ca. 1300 to 1500 CE. A very rare stone model of an Inca Fortress such as Macchu Pichu depicting royal structures above, a water canal in the center, and houses to the left and right surrounding storage rooms. The Inca engineered fortresses that were complex and made of large polished stone walls with boulders painstakingly cut to fit together tightly without mortar. Perhaps the most famous Inca fortress is Saksaywaman situated high above Cusco. As many battles occurred in and around Saksaywaman it was critical for maintaining control over the city. Excavations have revealed that it included towers and other buildings organized in a labyrinth complex. There were also large windows that overlooked the city, a great plaza for ceremonies, and many storage rooms. Once Cusco was sieged, however, the Spaniards used Saksaywaman as a source for stones to build Cuzco. Within a few years, much of the complex was destroyed. Thankfully this rare treasure preserves the Inca's architectural and engineering prowess of the Inca. Size: 26"L x 17-1/2"W.
Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection; ex-Colin Arundel, acquired by descent from Ian Arundel who owned Old Curiosity Shop on Melrose Avenue, Los Angles, California, USA, acquired 1950 to 1960
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Old chips and losses to the peripheries, and normal surface wear commensurate with age. Otherwise excellent.