Pre-Columbian, North Coast Peru, Sican-Lambayeque, ca. 800 to 1000 CE. Cream on redware vessel depicting a Sican lord or deity, elaborately embellished with a high headdress, pronounced ear ornaments, and a circular shield further adorned with another regal visage and step motif pattern on the periphery. A pair of jaguars flank him crawling up his shoulders, snarl and bear their teeth, adding to the might and ferocity of this leader. The jaguar symbolized power and might throughout the Pre-Columbian world. Warriors, rulers, hunters, and shamans alike associated themselves with this king of beasts, the largest and most powerful feline in the New World. Size: 6-1/4"H (15.9 cm)
Pre-Columbian, North Coast Peru, Chimu-Inca, ca. 1470 to 1532 CE. A petite terracotta bottle, the body modeled and detailed to resemble a gourd or fruit, with two applied small loops on the shoulders for suspension, and a cylindrical neck. Size: 3-1/2" x 3" in diameter (8.9 x 7.6 cm)
Pre-Columbian, Central America, Costa Rica, ca. 600 to 1000 CE. Terracotta presumably animorphic effigy vessel created by the ancients of Costa Rica. This piece most likely represented a bird with applied wings, tail, and now missing head. In the Pre-Columbian world birds were considered sky animals that could move between earthly and celestial realms. Size: 1-7/8" x 2-1/2" at widest point (4.8 x 6.4 cm)
Condition: For Sican/Lambayeque bottle, chips to rim, back of ruler's head, tip of right ear of left jaguar, perforations on back and bottom, loss to white pigment as shown. Gourd bottle has chips to rim and probe hole on bottom. Costa Rican vessel missing head and right wing. All with expected surface wear.
Provenance: Ex-private Leonard Collection, Virginia, USA, acquired before 1979
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