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Chavin Pottery Animal Vessel - Portly Jaguar

Pre-Columbian, North Coast Peru, Chavin, Santana-Santa River, ca. 900 to 500 BCE. An delightful ceramic vessel in the form of a stylized, portly jaguar with incised human heads on its sides and an incised serpent body and head flowing backwards from its chest to its rump. A tiny curled tail rests against its wide buttocks in relief. The body of the animal is sturdy, with the small head and tail projecting from either end. The head has cute, curved ears and round eyes above a leering grin. Two small openings in the head echo the wide open spout on the animal's back. Size: 7.25" W x 4.5" H (18.4 cm x 11.4 cm)

Condition: Repaired and restored from multiple pieces. This is expertly done and almost impossible to discern. Nice remaining original pigment with some light deposits on surface. Excellent preservation of form and motifs.

Provenance: private southern California, USA collection, acquired in the 1970s to mid-1980s

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