Origin: Chile / Peru / Atacama Desert
Age: Ca. 400 - 1000 A.D.
Size: 6 1/2" in height by 5 1/2" in diameter
Description: An obscure small cultural group related to The Tihuanaco of Bolivia. They are believed to be a satellite community living near The Pacific Ocean where their major source of subsistence came from fishing and limited agriculture. They traded for other needed materials such as maize, chili peppers,and llamas with other communities located at various levels above the ocean.The base clay is a deep rich cinnamon in color with geometric design elements in black, white, and dark and light orange. Geometric designs include hanging multiple triangles, stepped pyramids, semi circles, and wide lines enclosing small circular white dots. There is a small amount of erosion to one area of the rim due to ancient usage. Artifacts from this obscure culture are rarely available for purchase. The jar was brought into the U.S. around 1971 by the now deceased original owner and it has never been offered for sale before. This piece will appeal to the collector of the rare as well as the beautiful.