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Container

1200-200 BC

Steatite

Overall: 6.6 x 9.3 cm (2 5/8 x 3 11/16 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1955.167

Description

While Chavín held sway in the highlands, coastal artists produced many objects in non-Chavín styles. Such is the case with these small, finely-carved, stone containers, which were part of north coast ritual paraphernalia, though their specific use in unclear. Both bear complex designs based on fanged heads in profile that lack lower jaws.

See also
Collection: 
AA - Andes
Department: 
Art of the Americas
Type of artwork: 
Stone
Medium: 
Steatite

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