Arts of the Americas
This carved turquoise figurine of a man wearing a hat and tunic was likely a ritual offering used during a ceremony. Groupings of similar figurines have been excavated by archaeologists at the Wari provincial site of Pikillacta, near Cusco, as ceremonial offerings, perhaps related to fertility. Turquoise is not common in the Andes, and its scarcity may explain its preciousness and why it was used for these small devotional figurines.
1 1/4 x 1/2 x 3/4 in. (3.2 x 1.3 x 1.9 cm) (show scale)
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Wari. Figurine, 600-1000 C.E. Turquoise, 1 1/4 x 1/2 x 3/4 in. (3.2 x 1.3 x 1.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc., 86.224.106. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 86.224.106_bw_acetate.jpg)
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Small carved turquoise figurine with head that is proportionately large to the short, stocky body. Figurine wears a square hat. Face is carved naturalistically: eyes are large and slightly bulging; nose is broad and prominent; mouth is narrow. Most of body is covered by a tunic. Hands are carved in relief at sides.
Condition: good; part of proper right foot is missing, an old break that has worn smooth.
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