Huge Nazca Wood Female Fertility Votive, ex-Museum
Winning Bid: $26,000.00
Huge Nazca Wood Female Fertility Votive, ex-Museum:
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Pre-Columbian, South Coast Peru, Nazca culture, ca. 100 BCE to 1000 CE. A truly unique and magnificent hand-carved wooden figure of a woman boasting rich hues of chocolate brown and tan. The minimalistic figure stands with her arms bent at her elbows and her hands resting on her flat stomach, suggesting that she may be a fertility votive. Highly stylized, her elegant visage displays a prominent straight brow over slender eyes, a flat nose, and a serene incised smile. Light lines to ether side of her mouth outline her nasolabial folds. Two conical breasts emerge below her shoulders. The roughly carved surface of her lower half, as well as its difference in color from her upper, indicate that this piece was likely buried in the ground, so she could stand upright. A remarkably well-preserved example from Nazca culture! Size: 11″ W x 57″ H (27.9 cm x 144.8 cm); 59″ H (149.9 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection; ex-Alt Amerikanisches Museum, Zurich, Switzerland; ex-Hans Koella collection, Zurich, Switzerland, 1950 to 1990
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A few minor fissures. Expected surface wear commensurate with age with nicks/chips and abrasions throughout. Otherwise, excellent.