The Inca ruled huge areas of Peru from Ca. 1450 - 1534 A.D.
It was their tradition to bury a totem beneath the floor of a new dwelling to help protect the occupants. These were often in the form of of a Llama but once in a while a true work of art was created for some of the finer dwellings. This detailed quartzite beauty measures 5" in length by 4" in width and depicts a whole village scene along with structures and surrounded by powerful animal spirits. Red ochre was sometimes used to coat the piece and this one had a great
coating with much pigment still remaining today. If "it takes a village"....you have found one. This is one of the best and most detailed I have seen for a number of years. I have one other of similar quality or I would not consider its sale. I don't need two and I am looking for a collector who is still on the hunt for the best.