Ancient Pre-Columbian Inca Chimu Silver Portrait Votive Cup Vessel Peru 1400 CE

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An important Pre-Columbian Inca/Chimu silver portrait vessel cup, Peru, 1400 CE.
The indigenous people of Peru created these vessels for more than domestic purposes. Rather, they were used during life & after life at funerary ceremonies that incorporated intricate religious libations and imbibing rites. To create this piece, the ancient metalsmith hammered a piece of silver into a very thin sheet, approximately the size of the finished work. Then, the artisan used fine-grained stone anvils and hammer stones made of hematite or green porphyry, sometimes with animal hide attached, and a wooden template was used to create the form and its repousse ornamentation.
The vessel or "Aquilla" as called by the Inca people depicts a male face, with promiment eyes and nose & stands on a contemporary rosewood plinth. The vessel has not been cleaned and retains an oxidized finish.

Provenance; From the collection of Mr. Lawrence Fleischman, Chairman of the Kennedy Galleries In Manhattan, Mr. Fleischman was a significant collector of antiquities and American art. This item passed by descent to his daughter, Rebecca. The vessel will be accompanied with a certificate of authenticty.


8.25 inches high × 3 inches wide × 2.5 inches deep


high × wide x deep

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