Lot 87: Chancay Pottery Standing China Female
October 27, 2016
Louisville, CO, USALive Auction
Pre-Columbian, Chancay culture, Peru, ca. 1200 to 1450 CE. This is a very large, hollow made pottery figure in the classic Chancay style, showing a standing woman with wide eyes, small nose and mouth, and facial decorations that are representative of either scarification or tattooing. She wears a headband and has dark hair. Her short arms are thrown out to the side; she has obvious genitalia and small breasts. Chancay ceramics have been found mainly in the cemeteries of the Ancon and Chancay valleys; this pottery seems to have been produced on a large scale using molds. Their pottery would start with a rough matte surface that would be painted later in contrasting cream, brown, and black. Egg-shaped female figures like this one, with geometric decoration around the face and head, are some of the most common figures found. Size: 7.25" W x 10.7" H (18.4 cm x 27.2 cm)
Provenance: Ex-Peter Arnovick collection, San Francisco, CA
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Condition Report: Intact, with some wear to paint as shown