We specialize in picking artifacts the finest private collections from around the globe. Our mandate is to keep history alive by ensuring these precious items get passed along to a new generation of collectors. Country of Origin/Culture: Argentina/ Condorhuasi-Alamito. 00 BCE - 700 AD. Comments: For sale is this ULTRA RARE stone mask from the advanced and mysterious pre-columbian culture; Condorhuasi-Alamito of North-eastern Argentina.
A hauntingly beautiful, anthropomorphic mask, hand-carved from a heavy, blueish stone. The mask is dominated by a pronounced brow ridge, a rectangular nose, and drilled holes for eyes and mouth. The mouth has a gentle ridge around it, forming puckered lips.
The presence of 6 drill holes line the outer edges of the mask suggest that it was once affixed to something, perhaps a funerary bundle. This culture is from the Hualfin Valley in the Catamarca province of Argentina, although it seems to have had cultural influence or at least trading connections both north and south. The landscape was semi-arid and high altitude, similar to that of the American Southwest. The people of the region were llama pastoralists who created artwork in ceramic, metal, and stone, often with repeated themes - for example, masks made of lapis lazuli and copper have been found that look nearly identical in form to this one.Masks like this one were deposited into graves that were buried in the patios or inside the rooms of small houses in villages or, in some areas of the Hualfin Valley, segregated cemeteries. They seem to represent idealized images of the deceased. This piece exhibits clear signs of ancient tool work and drilling techniques. It also has a wonderful ancient patina and would be a absolute masterpiece in your collection. Questions are always welcome and if your looking for more items similar to what we offer, please ask. We constantly have new pieces arriving and don't always have time to put everything up. Ancient Origins Boutique stands by all of our picks and always try and provide the best information possible, based on the information we are provided with from the original collector. We try to make all our pieces affordable and we are always open to offer so please do so! The item "Pre-Columbian Condorhuasi-Alamito Carved Stone Mask ULTRA RARE Piece" is in sale since Sunday, September 6, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Latin American".
The seller is "ancientoriginsboutique" and is located in Winnipeg, Manitoba. This item can be shipped worldwide.