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Recuay effigy vessel

Recuay effigy vessel depicting an Andean leader and a llama
AD 900–1300
Recuay, Ancash, Peru
Clay, paint
18 x 10 x 19 cm
Purchased from Leon J. Buki

This very fine Recuay vessel, which dates to between AD 900 and 1300, shows an Andean individual holding a staff, a symbol of power, in his right hand. He wears a magnificent headdress, further indicating that he is a leader, as well as large ear spools. He is painted red. He’s standing next to a llama and may oversee a herd of llamas, be accomplished in animal husbandry, or even conduct caravan trade in the highlands.

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