South America - Chimu Culture - Silver Kero Face Beaker
Antiquities - South America
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Sold for (Inc. premium): £1,035
Circa 1300-1500 AD. A classic, very rare Chimu Culture (Northern Peru) silver Face Beaker or Kero, made by hammering a very thin sheet of silver over a wooden core and then adding detail by hand; depicting a hook-nosed male face with avian qualities, almond eyes, pronounced ears and mouth, collar and a stepped headdress, forming the rim; at the rear a representation of a hairpiece or cloak. A marvellous example of the art of silversmithing; the use of silver is usually associated with the moon. 125mm tall; 43 grams, Some distortion, minor perforations or small splits.
Ex old English collection.
Cf Museo Larco (ML 100746, etc); cf Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino (MCHAP 0298, etc).
This lot is accompanied by a Certificate issued by Oxford X-ray Fluorescence Ltd, indicating the composition of the metal.
Friday 19th March 2010 at The Swedenborg Hall 20-21 Bloomsbury WayLondon WC1A 2TH
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