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A fine Sodalite Pendant of a Man Playing a Zampona, Early Horizon Period, ca. 800 - 200 BCE
Regular price$2,500 USD
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This small, exquisite figure, carved from dappled sodalite, shows excellent remains of red cinnabar pigment, a highly prized mineral in pre-Columbian cultures. He features an oversized head with large eyes, a bulbous nose, and open slashed mouth, wearing a head covering with deeply incised lines, the squat body standing on large feet with incised toes, and holds a zampona, or pan flute, in front of him, pierced through the back of the head for attachment.
A Zampoña is a variety of pan flute still used in South-America since Pre-Columbian times. The main characteristic of the Zampoña is that it has two rows of pipes. The one in the front is named "Ira" which means male in Aymara, and the second row is named "Arca" meaning female. The zampoña is a diatonic instrument in the key of E minor.
Dimensions: Height: 1 inch (2.5 cm)
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall. A superb example of miniature carving. Custom mounted.
Provenance: Duff Collection, acquired in 1981, thereafter Joel Malter private collection (collection #1546), private Canadian collection, acquired in 2010 from the Malter estate.
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