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Early 12th C. Authentic Chancay Textile & Reed Doll

Pre-Columbian, Peru, Chancay, ca. 1100 CE. A beautiful doll with a core comprised of natural reeds, the limbs, fingers, and toes comprised of natural reeds wrapped with pink textile threads, and the body, hair, and clothing comprised of cotton and camelid yarns of a wide range of hues. The visage presents large rectangular brown and cream hued eyes, buck teeth stitched with the same colored threads, and a protruding, long nose in the same rosy pink as the rest of the face. A finely woven pink and beige headband with serpent head motifs is wrapped around her crown, with curly 'hair' comprised of netted chocolate brown yarns cascading beyond her shoulders. Her dress features a finely woven horizontal striped pattern in red, azure blue, beige, white, and slate grey threads. Scholars believe that such dolls were created to represent mortals rather than supernatural deities or spirits. Unfortunately most of the purportedly "ancient" Peruvian dolls on the market are in fact made in contemporary times, only comprised of collected ancient textile fragments. This example, however, is in fact an authentic ancient doll. A fabulous example that displays exceptional skill and various techniques, intriguing for its expressive visage, reed limbs with the digits meticulously defined and wound with threads, long curly brunette locks, and finely woven vestments. Custom, museum-quality stand. Size: doll measures 4.5" W x 11" H (11.4 cm x 27.9 cm), 12.75" H (32.4 cm) on stand

Provenance: Ex - Private Florida collection acquired at Heritage Auctions, Dallas, TX

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