Unusual Sican Wooden Standing Figure – Nylamp

Winning Bid: $450

Pre-Columbian, northern Peru, Sican, Lambayeque Valley, ca. 800 to 1100 CE. Rare wooden statuette hand carved in the likeness of Nylamp (also Naylamp or Nanlap), the underworld god and head honcho of Sican culture, looking quite displeased – as he so often does – with a rectangular mouth of gritted teeth flanked by nasolabial folds, half-moon eyes, and a flat nose. With both hands placed sternly upon his hips, the apoplectic deity wears a pointed headdress with twin jaguar finials curling up to each side and a loin cloth. Nice remains of rich black paint beautifully compliment the figure’s natural deep brown surface. Nylamp was lauded as the traditional founder of the Lambayeque dynasty, who came from the south by sea and colonized the region before he allegedly sprouted wings and flew off into the sunset in a dramatic display of his magical powers. A stunning example from Sican culture! Size: 1.875″ L x 1.5″ W (4.8 cm x 3.8 cm); 8.125″ H (20.6 cm) on included custom stand.