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Beaker

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Number: Private Collection

Period: Tiahuanaco (Tiwanaku IV and V periods between AD 300 and AD 1000)

Gold beaker. Decapitator, with his right hand holding bound prisoner and an ax. Bound prisoner waers a tunic decorated with tocapus that shows a volute as central motif (MH14.3). The feline deity also holds in his other hand another prone captiveby his hair who lost his shield. Depressed areas in the face (eyes, eye markings)and headdress (feather ornaments, headband) probably once contained inlays (turquois, shell?)as indicated in this drawing with light and dark grey color. This beaker is similar to a group of rocker stamp engraved gold objects in the American Museum of Natural History, New York, which were originally found on an island in Lake Titicaca. The beaker was found with a pair of ear disks and a bracelet. A photograph of the entire lot appears in Alan Lapiner 1976, 446, fig. 580.Illus. in Wardwell 1968, fig. 2., p. 28. Tiwanaku style, AD. 400-1000, Bolivia, Peru or Chile. Private Collection. Young-Sanchez 2004, 62, figs. 2.44a,b Fig 143.

 

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