Precolumbian bronze 'mermaid' figurine Titicaca 700 AD
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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: Pre Columbian: Metalwork: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1216882
An extremely rare and important Pre-Inca amulet figurine, Lake Titicaca, dating to the Tiwanaku Empire or Wari Nation c. 700 AD.
The figurine depicts a Lake godess, most possibly associated with the Lake Titicaca and with the creation myths and mythology of the Inca nation.
The figurine has a loop in order to wear it as an amulet and has a pronounced 'Inca-like' nose. She has a fishtail like tail a mermaid and is cupping her beast!
Very long hair down the back. The figurine was made by the cire perdu method of bronze casting and is one of the earliest bronze items of Pre Columbian South America.
Size: c. 54 mm.
Condition: Choice and intact with smoothly worn details. Nice glossy black patina.
Lake Titicaca (Spanish: Lago Titicaca) is a lake in the Andes on the border of Peru and Bolivia. By volume of water, it is the largest lake in South America and is often called the highest navigable lake in the world, with a surface elevation of 3,812 m