This wonderful wooden box is fitted with a lid trimmed in sterling silver and topped with an antique Chancay animal figural textile fragment under glass. The box is carved from a single piece of Andean hardwood – possibly mahogany – and measures 2 x 2 x 1 7/8 inches tall. The hand hammered silver on the rim of the lid is unmarked, but surely sterling or close to it. Box is in excellent condition and the textile fragment is mounted under glass and is in very good condition with minor fraying in one corner.
The Chancay were a pre-Columbian archeological civilization that developed in the valleys near the central coast of Peru from about 1000 to 1470AD. The Chancay were centered mostly in the Chancay and Chillón valleys, about 80 kilometers north of Lima. They are well known for their intricate open-weave fabrics made of llama wool, cotton, chiffon and feathers decorated with paint or embroidery.