Peruvian Chancay Pottery Olla
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Pre-Columbian, Peru, North of Lima, Chancay, ca. 900 to 1300 CE. A very fine pottery olla. Large olla in form of a human carrying a llama across his shoulders. The llama's legs are held with long rope held in hands of the human figure who also holds two textile bags across his shoulders. Deep, thick textured brown pigment applied liberally over vessel. A much finer than normal example!
Condition: Intact and excellent
Provenance: Ex-private Abrahms collection, acquired before 1980.
History: There is not much is known about the Chancay civilization which developed in the later part of the Inca empire. This culture emerged after the fall of the Wari civilization. Parts of the southern Chancay area were conquered by the Chimú in the early fifteenth century and in about 1450 A.D. the Incas were occupying both areas. It is believed that the Chancay had a centralized political structure, forming a small regional state. Thus the Chancay culture declined in the fifteenth century to make way for the territorial expansion of the Inca Empire.