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Chimu Stargazer Effigy

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Seller: bremaley (459) 100%, Location: Tucson, Arizona, Ships to: US, Item: 291932908478 A Chimu stargazer effigy in the traditional Chimu blackware style. This was in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum in New York. It was purchased by the museum in 1934 from John Wise, who was a major New York City fine arts dealer specializing in Pre-Columbian antiquities. It is possibly a reproduction, probably dating from the 19th century, according to the museum. He is nicely modeled, with nice facial features and coffee-bean eyes. It is pierced on both sides of the conical cap; it seems likely the intent was for it to be hung, because he wobbles slightly on the shallow hemispherical bottom. Molded strips hang down from underneath the hat, looking sort of like feathers or braids. These have incised details on the left side of the figure (when viewed from the front), but not on the right. There appears to be a repair to the back of the head, but it does not detract from the overall appearance. There is burnishing to the overall surface, and it was fired in way that makes it almost indistinguishable from actual Chimu pieces that I have had in my collection. The museum number is painted in red on the back at the base (34.5528). Dimensions: 6 1/2” H x 4 1/4” L x 4 1/8” W. It was deaccessioned from the Brooklyn Museum’s collection in 2006, and sold by Skinner Auctioneers in 2007. I purchased it at Malter Galleries in Los Angeles in November of 2007, and it’s been in my collection since then. I confirmed all of the information in 2008 with the curator for Arts of the Americas at the Brooklyn Museum. Even though this likely isn’t an authentic Chimu piece, it is an excellent reproduction that is itself over 80 years old and has a distinct history. Material: Pottery, Provenance: Ownership History Available

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