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Salinar Baby Llama Vessel

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Seller: bremaley (472) 100%, Location: Tucson, Arizona, Ships to: US, Item: 291940596067 A Salinar baby llama vessel. Not sure if this is authentic or not. I was told it was, by the ‘reputable’ dealer who I purchased it from (more on that at the end of the listing). The dealer is also where the ‘baby llama’ title came from; to me it is simply zoomorphic in nature. It is rather crudely modeled, even considering that Salinar pottery tends to be somewhat simplified to begin with. The ears are slightly different sizes, the eyes are simple incised lines, and the mouth is a deeply incised slit. Only one of the rear feet has an incised line indicating a hoof (more on the rear feet, below). The clay itself is consistent with Salinar pottery, but even more so with Vicus pottery examples that I have seen; it has a rougher surface and looks more like terra cotta. To me, it also has things in common with Cupisnique and even Huari pottery. Dimensions: 8”L x 5 3/8”H x 3 3/8”W. Interestingly, it looks like there has been a repair done to the right rear foot. It’s done pretty well (I didn’t notice it immediately), but on close examination it has a glossier sheen than the rest of the piece, and it is slightly ‘swollen’ compared to the other feet. Makes me wonder why someone would go to this length to make a repair if it was just a souvenir piece from a trip. It could also be an older reproduction; I have several excellent reproductions for sale right now that are 80+ years old, and were originally in museum collections. If it is truly a Salinar piece, it is ca. 200 BC to 200 AD. As I was saying earlier, the ‘reputable’ dealer who I acquired this from turned out to be far less than professional. His lack of expertise ranged from Persian weapons to Pre-Columbian pottery, and he didn’t even bother to check simple things like museum accession numbers prior to putting items up for sale. There is no provenance on this piece. Even if this is a reproduction, it is rather well done, priced accordingly, and would be a good basic ‘shelf’ example of early Pre-Columbian pottery.

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