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This is an exceptional, rare & desirable piece on the international market

Very compatible with mid century Scandinavian decor because of it's primitive folk art look

What it actually is, is a rare early Caballo de Pucara ritual drinking vessel. [A Horse from the village of Pucara in Peru]. This village is well known for their ceramic bulls [Torito de Pucara]. The horses are even rarer

They are made by the Checa Pupuja community as part of their religious and magical culture. Pucara is the closest village to this ancient community, which is why they're associated with Pucara. The inhabitants believed that the horses brought happiness, good health, well-being and protection to the family.

The bull or horse figure, which is also a ritual flask, originally was used by the high priest to drink chicha (fermented corn beer) mixed with the blood of horses during the horse-branding ceremony. The little bulls & horses of Pucara are an example in Peruvian art of the fusion of the Spanish culture with that of native Peru.

Here is a link to a similiar bull that's been sold.....

DIMENSIONS:390mm long x 445mm high to tips of ears

DAMAGE: A repaired break to one back leg. The line could be repaired & disguised further, but barely noticeable as it is & a sturdy solid repair

PROVENANCE: Bought by my Aunt in the village of Pucara in the early 70s [she's a potter with a great eye]. She then carried her treasure in a back pack the whole way through South America!
It's probably late 19th or early 20thC, definitely decades earlier than 1970 when it was purchased, as the other figures for sale in the village at that time where much less complex & smaller

FREIGHT: Happy to package well, or collection from Central Wellington

Lots of other unusual antiques in other listings as we've just shifted 3 long time collectors out of houses - hundreds more listings still to come!
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  • Seller location: Porirua, Wellington, NZ

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