Ancient Forms for the Modern Eye April 2018 - Page 81

Chavín (Tembladera) Cloven-Hoof
Stirrup Vessel
Initial Period – Early Horizon: 1200 – 500 B.C.
Ceramic: Grayware
Overall: 7 1/4 x 4 1/4 x 5 in. (18.4 x 10.8 x 12.7 cm)
The llama was revered by many societies in Peru as both a food source
and a pack animal. This intelligent animal can quickly learn simple
commands and lives well with humans in its herd. Llama wool is
somewhat coarse and was woven into garments for common people
in Inca times. In the sometimes minimalist aesthetic of early stirrup
spout bottles, the mere representation of the two-toed cloven hoof
modeled on this vessel evokes the whole llama and everything endearing
and beneficial about this beloved Peruvian animal.
Provenance: Paul Shepard, Tucson.
Dr. Ernest Lira, Houston and Denver, or Dr. Peter Almendariz,
Denver, or M. Brenner, Geneva.


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