Description

    Chavin Janus Form Transformational Deity Cup

    Chavin
    C. 600-200 BC
    Slipped and Burnished Ceramic
    7ΒΌ" Tall x 6" Wide

    The tall vase depicts a shaman fully transformed into the were-jaguar alter ego with squared ears, drooping eyes, feline nose, and a wide toothy mouth with squared human teeth and four long jaguar fangs. The reverse depicts an intermediate transforming stage for the shaman that is incised upon a lightly sculpted backside. The face retains a long human like nose, the nostrils curling into a feline's features, the wide mouth with only the upper fangs having emerged, while the eyes are formed by the curling tails of a serpent. The vessel is expertly repaired from original pieces and appears excellent. A rare example.


    Estimate: $3,500 - $4,500.

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    Auction Dates
    September, 2011
    16th-17th Friday-Saturday
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