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Huari Carved Shell Ceremonial Dagger - PF.2317
Origin: Central Coast of Peru
Circa: 750 AD to 1000 AD
Dimensions: 6" (15.2cm) high x 2.25" (5.7cm) wide
Catalogue: V11
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Style: Huari
Medium: Shell

Location: United States
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Stunningly carved from shell, this ceremonial dagger is a unique example of the Huari artists' ability to create a masterpiece of dynamic form and design. The body of the figure that comprises the handle of the dagger is expertly inlaid with salmon-colored mussel shell. A striking face filled with a spiritual power gazes outward, wide-eyed and expressive, his almond- shaped metal and shell eyes most haunting in their appearance. A pointed mother-of-pearl nose adds a distinct three-dimensional quality to the creation. Hands jutting from a round body give the handle figure a finely tuned proportion in complete balance with the blade of the dagger. Here the artist has skillfully carved the blade and figure's legs from shell, expertly attaching the shortened legs of the figure's body. A horizontal piece of inlaid material serves to artistically join the legs to the blade shaft. A sense of dynamism and harmony emanates from this special ceremonial dagger. The talented Huari artist who created it would be most proud and pleased to know that his creation is being appreciated and enjoyed today, crossing the subtle boundaries of both time and culture. - (PF.2317)


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