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Rare Pre-Columbian Pottery Owl or Cat

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Rare Peruvian Pre-Columbian Pottery Owl or Cat
Chimu Culture (c.1100 to 1460 AD) 10 x 7 cm (4 x 2.7 inches)


The Chimu culture was established on the north coast of Peru between 1100 and 1460 AD.  They were known to worship the moon and it is therefore likely that this lovely little ceramic sculpture represents an owl (or perhaps a cat).  Chimu ceramics served two functions: containers for daily domestic use and those made for ceremonial offerings at burials, such as this owl.  The shiny black finish of most Chimu pottery was achieved by firing at high temperatures in a closed kiln which prevented oxygen from reacting with the clay.


This charming pre-Columbian antiquity is in excellent condition, with no repairs, chips or cracks.  There are symmetrical pin-holes in each arm to facilitate hanging or wearing.