Lot 5
  • 5

Chancay Figural Vessel of a Hunter, Central Coast ca. A.D. 1300-1500

12,000 - 18,000 USD
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  • clay
  • Height: 17 1/4 in ( 43.8 cm)
the voluminous form modeled as a hunter holding his trophy deer across his shoulders, the small antlered head leaning out on the left side and long bound limbs extended along the front and firmly grasped,  the hunter with striped tattoos on the cheeks, wearing tunic with stepped fringe hem, single disc earring and a large disc secured on the headbands around the turban. 


Texas private collection, acquired in the mid 1970's
Sotheby's, New York, May 14, 1991, lot 12, consigned by the above


Houston, Museum of Fine Arts, 1983-1987

Catalogue Note

Various species of the Cervidae family live in the coastal and mountain regions of Peru. Artists in the earlier Moche era depict deer hunts in great detail on fineline ceramics. The Spanish recounted the tremendous number of deer and wildlife captured in ceremonial Inca hunts (Moraga 2005:67). This voluminous Central Coast vessel shows an elite hunter who conveys a tender respect for his young buck trophy.