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    Inca Ceremonial Gold Beaker

    c. 1200 - 1500 AD
    High carat, approximately 22K, gold
    Height 8 3/8", Diameter at widest point 2 5/8", Weight approximately 77 grams

    A classic example of this sought-after form, with deep-relief portrait face, made of hammered, nearly pure gold. Beakers of this type were easily dented or crushed. The bottom 75% seems to have survived in exceptionally nice condition. The upper portion (completely above the head portion) was damaged and partially separated from the lower portion, and has been skillfully restored by a respected New York specialist in gold restoration who was trained at the Hermitage museum, and whose work was highly recommended by the late Robert Sonin. A large gold object with dazzling display presence.


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