Pre-Columbian, North Coast Peru, Chavin, ca. 900 to 500 CE. A finely-preserved cup, hand-carved from mottled dark-brown stone with faint orange and black inclusions. The cylindrical vessel has a flat base, thick walls, and a shallow interior cavity. Incised along the exterior are four pairs of lemniscate forms with curled ends and slanted bodies (in the shape of the infinity symbol). A small striation rings around the rim. Size: 3.3" W x 3.125" H (8.4 cm x 7.9 cm).
Provenance: private southwestern Pennsylvania, USA collection
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Repair to walls above base of interior cavity, with small chips and light adhesive residue along break lines. Minor abrasions to base, walls, and rim, with light encrustations within some recessed areas. Light earthen deposits throughout. Old inventory label within interior cavity.