Description: Culture: Chiribaya Origin: Chile / Peru / Atacama Desert Age: Ca. 400 - 1000 A.D. A thin walled high fired bowl. Size: 7 1/4” in diameter by 2 3/4”“ in height. 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 orange. Geometric designs include four stylized triangular elements suspended from the interior rim enclosing quadrangles with white dots. The center of the bowl is decorated with four floating quadrangles enclosing small white circles. 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. This piece will appeal to the collector of the rare as well as the beautiful.