Lot 13
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Sicán Gold Beaker ca. A.D. 900-1100

Estimate
20,000 - 25,000 USD
Sold
25,000 USD
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Description

  • gold
decorated in repoussé with a frieze of three standing warriors holding staffs at their sides and with upward flowing plumed headdresses, a band of stylized camelid  heads with extended tongues encircling the rim.

Provenance

John Wise
Acquired from the above by the present owner's family in 1968

Exhibited

San Francisco, The Bay Area Collects, Art from Africa, Oceania and the Americas, M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, July 3-October 3, 1982

Literature

Thomas K. Seligman and Kathleen Berrin, The Bay Area Collects, Art from Africa, Oceania and the Americas, The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 1982, fig. 112 far left

Catalogue Note

The uniform portrayal of the Sicán deity head and it's earthly manifestation as the Sicán lord, is one of the defining elements of Middle Sicán art. The consistent display of this figure on pottery, gold and wood, was part of the religious and economic control of the expanding empire.
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