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Cupisnique Greyware Seated Hunchback Vessel - PF.1877
Origin: North Coast of Peru
Circa: 900 BC to 300 BC
Dimensions: 9.125" (23.2cm) high
Catalogue: V7
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Style: Cupisnique
Medium: Terracotta

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This charming figure, rendered with the simplest of details, stares into infinity, lost in contemplation. The seamless integration of his limbs with the rounded body of the vessel suggests that he is a hunchback. In most of Ancient America, hunchbacks were considered as especially favored by the gods. Frequently, they acted as intermediaries between the world of the living and that of the spirits. It is perhaps in this context that this vessel was placed in an ancient tomb; to guide the deceased into the afterlife. He seems oblivious to the modern world in which he now finds himself, as if focused on some more infinite reality. - (PF.1877)

 

 

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