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Incan Phallic Vessel with a Monkey - K.096
Origin: Northern Coast of Peru
Circa: 1200 AD to 1500 AD
Dimensions: 7.5" (19.1cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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Since the dawn of time, the funerary art of Peru was concerned with nature, fertility and rebirth. In ceramics especially, the erotic elements are often presented in a direct and unblushing fashion. Here, a classic stirrup handle has been attached to a stylized penis to form a well- balanced container. Atop the handle sits a beautiful monkey, an animal frequently associated with uninhibited sexuality. Centuries ago, such a piece would have represented the hope for the continuity of life; in the modern age, its significance is still easily understood. HT. 19cm(7 1/2IN): L. 20.2cm(8IN) - (K.096)


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