ORIGIN: Peru / Northern Coast
AGE: Ca. 1100 - 1470 A.D.
DESCRIPTION: A paccha is a ritual watering vessel and one of the rarest items in even the finest artifact collections. They exist in various shapes and can be found in almost all Pre-Columbian cultures. They are always hollow with an opening at each end. They were ceremonially used to insure abundant crop growth. The vessel would be filled with liquid (often corn beer) and then one end would be inserted into the soil to allow the liquid to seep out and penetrate the earth as an offering to the gods of agriculture. This particular unique vessel measures 12" in length by 2 1/2" in width and is modeled in form after the Pacay bean...sometimes known as the ice cream bean. The bean encloses a sweet and pulpy interior and was considered a great delicacy by the ancients. A photo of the actual bean is included to show the similarity in shape. To my knowledge, another example of the type has not been seen by me or a number of other collectors in the field. This may be the one opportunity to acquire an example so do not hesitate if you collect the rarest and the best! The custom museum quality display stand is included in the sale. PROVENANCE: Ex. Arte Xibalba Gallery