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Exceedingly rare and well executed Andean ritual objects known as canopas or illas.   Probably 18th / 19th Century.  Pure folk art, beautifully carved with love and a rye sense  ...
Exceedingly rare and well executed Andean ritual objects known as canopas or illas.   Probably 18th / 19th Century.  Pure folk art, beautifully carved with love and a rye sense  ...
Exceedingly rare and well executed Andean ritual objects known as canopas or illas.   Probably 18th / 19th Century.  Pure folk art, beautifully carved with love and a rye sense  ...
Exceedingly rare and well executed Andean ritual objects known as canopas or illas.   Probably 18th / 19th Century.  Pure folk art, beautifully carved with love and a rye sense  ...
Exceedingly rare and well executed Andean ritual objects known as canopas or illas.   Probably 18th / 19th Century.  Pure folk art, beautifully carved with love and a rye sense  ...
Exceedingly rare and well executed Andean ritual objects known as canopas or illas.   Probably 18th / 19th Century.  Pure folk art, beautifully carved with love and a rye sense  ...
Exceedingly rare and well executed Andean ritual objects known as canopas or illas.   Probably 18th / 19th Century.  Pure folk art, beautifully carved with love and a rye sense  ...
Exceedingly rare and well executed Andean ritual objects known as canopas or illas.   Probably 18th / 19th Century.  Pure folk art, beautifully carved with love and a rye sense  ...
Exceedingly rare and well executed Andean ritual objects known as canopas or illas.   Probably 18th / 19th Century.  Pure folk art, beautifully carved with love and a rye sense  ...
Exceedingly rare and well executed Andean ritual objects known as canopas or illas.   Probably 18th / 19th Century.  Pure folk art, beautifully carved with love and a rye sense  ...
Exceedingly rare and well executed Andean ritual objects known as canopas or illas.   Probably 18th / 19th Century.  Pure folk art, beautifully carved with love and a rye sense  ...
Exceedingly rare and well executed Andean ritual objects known as canopas or illas. Probably 18th / 19th Century. Pure folk art, beautifully carved with love and a rye sense of humor. Carved from native alabaster these charming and magical figures are part of an ancient Andean highland tradition that dates back to the 1st millennium a.d. They were crafted to represent the various types of livestock vital to the survival of the indigenous Altiplano populations for whom herding and subsistence farming were a way of life. They embody the concepts of wealth and fertility necessary for life in the harsh high altitude environment of the South Central Andes of Bolivia and Peru. These figures were considered important ritual objects used in rites meant to insure the prosperity and well being of the indian peoples of the region. This small group has been in important Andean collection for more than 30 years and are among the best examples known. They are beautifully carved, each with its own special and naive countenance that shows the high degree of love and respect in which livestock were held. Some have circular cavities that were filled with sacred offerings to the spirits who were believed to protect the herds. All contain remnants of spirit offerings and evidence of ceremonial usage. They were used in frequent rituals meant to protect the herds and were often buried along the boundaries of herding areas for protection of the herds There is much more to be told of this grouping and i would be happy to expound further on this subject if there is interest.