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    Posted 6 years ago

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    This item came to me as a purported Inca Wine Jug. If there is anyone who could accurately identify it, I'd be extremely grateful.

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    1. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 6 years ago
      i think that this is a Peruvian colonial blackware piece - could be very early - as far back as the 1600s, but could also be later - into the 1800s, or even a very good repro [but i doubt it]. it's a very nice piece. the decoration is very interesting. i think that it represents the sun god [Inti Raymi].
    2. SEAN68 SEAN68, 6 years ago
      very beautiful and welcome to cw!!!!
    3. Manikin Manikin, 6 years ago
      very nice and welcome to CW !
    4. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 6 years ago
      i take it back. i don't think that it is a colonial piece or even one done later. i think it's a pre-columbian piece - a Chimu blackware vessel which was made in the Moche Valley, near present-day Trujillo, Peru. the decoration is unusual and i'm sure it's representative of something - could be a spondylus shell, conch, the sun, or Lord Nalamp - the mythical founder of the post-Moche civlization.
    5. iopan iopan, 6 years ago
      Thank you so much for your help! I'm amazed at such an immediate response. I was told originally that the piece was Peruvian, but also that it was possibly pre-Colombian. Also, I was informed by the seller that the figure depicted was a sun god. You have certainly shone a little more light on this lovely object.
    6. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 6 years ago
      you can see a similar one in situ in this recent national geographic clip:

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