Colombia | Tairona carved bone finial of a Harpy Eagle |
Peru | Huari bone carved "Attelatel" handle with seated feline and deer | | David Bernstein Pre-Columbian Art
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Peru, Huari bone carved "Attelatel" handle with seated feline and deer
This was the grip for a spear thrower, with its original tie hole attachement. On the base of the feline is a deer wtih its antlers. This is a common motif throughout antiquity starting with the Sythicans of Russia where a lion is always attacking deer.
Peru | Nazca necklace with bone and syondylus beads and a minature female pendant | | David Bernstein Pre-Columbian Art
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Peru, Nazca necklace with bone and syondylus beads and a minature female pendant
The necklace is made of 32 carved bone beads separated by 6 dark purple circular beads. The pendant is a classic Nazca miniature carved female with traces of painted eyes and mouth. The head piece of purple shell is missing. It's possible that the pendant is made up of Whale tooth ivory. A similar type of figurine is illustrated in 'Miniature Size, Magical Quality - Nasca Art from the Glassell Collection', Marzio, pg 59; and in 'The Inka Empire And Its Andean Origins', Morris and Von Hagen, p.87.
Dimensions: Length 68 cm. size of pendant H.1.4cm W. 5cm
Colombia | Tairona carved bone finial of a Harpy Eagle | | David Bernstein Pre-Columbian Art
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Colombia, Tairona carved bone finial of a Harpy Eagle
A superbly carved finial in bone of a male Harpy eagle standing with its wings to its side. Finials were symbols of rank and were placed on top of staffs. Bone objects are discussed are discussed by J.Alden Mason in "Marshell Field archaeological expedition to Colombia 1922-23.
Peru | Wari Atl Atl Grip with Owl Deity With Head Turned Backward | | David Bernstein Pre-Columbian Art
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Peru, Wari Atl Atl Grip with Owl Deity With Head Turned Backward
This fancy carved bone grip has a "Sphinx like" appearance, with the torso and face of an owl, but its head is turned backwards. The inlays are original and made of shell, turqkuoise and snail shell. The hat is a classic Wari four-cornered hat, only worn only by the Wari culture.