Rare Pre-Columbian Sican silver vessel

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Rare Pre-Columbian Sican/Lambayeque culture silver vessel from Peru, ca. 700-1400 CE. 
Metal model of a double-spout vessel, bridge handle and pedestal base. A delicate vessel shaped from sheets of hammered copper covered in a wonderfully reflective layer of silver. It is decorated based on quadrangular panels with printed representations of felines with feather headdresses. Under the beaks there are two feline heads in an attitude of licking their blood after feeding, one arranged under each beak. It is used to receive any drops that come off the container when pouring its contents. The use of this type of container is equivalent to a prayer or replaces a blood sacrifice. A rare and fine example! 7-1/8" in height x 6-1/2" wide.
Private Texas collection, collected prior to 1970. 

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