Culture: Chiribaya Origin: Chile / Peru / Atacama Desert Age: Ca. 400 - 1000 A.D. A compact jar with two perforated side handles.Size: 5” in diameter (from outside of handle to handle) by 4 1/2”“ in height. Description: The Chiribaya Culture was a 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 dark cinnamon in color with geometric design elements in the shape of upright and inverted “rainbows” or semicircles executed with small white dots enclosed. Artifacts from this obscure culture are rarely available for purchase. The bowl was brought into the U.S. around 1971 by the now deceased original owner and it has never been offered for sale before. A compact and well executed example of a rare type.