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Intact & Scarce Chimu/Inka Seated Priest with Sacred Spondylus Shell

Intact & Scarce Chimu/Inka Seated Priest with Sacred Spondylus Shell


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Directory: Hidden: Viewable: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1407189
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This scarce piece is a scarce Chimu/Inka seated priest and dates circa 1000-1400 A.D., and is approximately 8.2 inches high. This piece is intact, and has some minute spotty black mineral and white calcite deposits. This seated priest ceramic has an orange/red slip that covers the entire vessel, and he is seen wearing a raised conical hat, along with a cape that is tied under the chin. The figure seen here with almond shaped eyes, and the typical conical hat, is also often associated with Chimu/Inka ceramics and wooden marker posts. This charming figure is seen with a slight smile, and appears to be offering a huge shell for a sacred ceremony. This huge cream-colored shell also appears to be a "spondylus" type shell, and was sacred to both the Chimu and Inka cultures. This cream colored shell also stands out against the orange/red slip of the priest, and highlights the importance of this shell. The shell depicted here likely represents a "spondylus limbatus" species, which also can exceed 25 cm in width. These sacred shells were often placed in burials, and in fields to ensure rain for the crops. In addition, these shells were used for regal jewelry, and only Chimu/Inka priests and shamans were allowed to handle them. This piece also has a flat bottom, and has a "stirrup" type handle that is seen at the back. There is also what appears to be a small corn ear seen on the back of the handle as well, and this ties in to the spondylus shell's role with the promotion of rain for the crops. A very interesting piece that displays a very serene Chimu/Inka figure that is seldom portrayed with Chimu/Inka art. Ex: Private West Virginia collection, circa 1960's-1980's. Ex: Private New York collection, circa 1980's-2000's. (Note: Additional documentation is available to the purchaser.) I certify that this piece is authentic as to date, culture, and condition:
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