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    Carved Ceremonial Staff with Effigy Rattle Top
    Chimú
    A.D. 1110 - 1400
    Wood, seeds, traces of original red paint
    Height 54 1/2 in. Width 4 1/2 in.
    Height (top effigy components) 14 1/2 in.

    The two broad faces of this ceremonial staff are identical. Serving to base the widened rattle area, a simplified frontal bust of a deity with stylized ears and earspool flanges rests atop the long circular shaft. On his head a rectangular carved openwork area, gridded diagonally, contains dried seed rattles. Two small atlantean figures stand on this supporting a bar on which inward-facing birds crouch, their beaks touching the bar. The birds support a three-tiered superstructure, each side holding a jar on each of its two ascending tiers, with two jars capping the entire arrangement. An indented area at the shaft's lower end indicates that it was once tipped by a metal element. The condition is excellent.

    Provenance
    Splendors of the World, Haiku, Hawaii
    Christie's, Paris: sale 5068, 10 December 2003, lot 417, p.114



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    September, 2006
    29th Friday
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