A rare Valdivia Stone Bowl, Ecuador, 2300-2000 BC

Rare and unusual limestone bowl standing on a low foot with slightly flared walls. Incised design on exterior of stylized faces with triangular incisions and drilled eyes and mouths. 

BackgroundValdivia culture has been determined that it is one of the oldest cultures that can be found across the Americas. It was derived from the Las Vegas Culture, and was later established that this culture was alive between the years 3500 and 1800 BC in Ecuador. Pottery was a unique element to the Valdivia culture and were at first, made for practicality and were therefore very rough. Their pottery was generally made from gray and red clay, but as the years went on, pottery became a more refined skill. Ceramic works became art pieces with the attention to detail becoming more noticeable. Ceramic figurines, specifically the feminine figurine of Venus of Valdivia, became a trademark pieces. Artisans also became more artistic, creating mortars and bowls, using animals as their inspiration for their designs. 

Dimensions:  Height: 10.16 cm (4 inches),   Diameter:  12.70 cm (5 inches)

Condition:  Minor chips to the rim and vessel exterior, otherwise intact and in excellent condition overall.

Provenance: Private Maryland collection, acquired from a NY trade in 2000. 


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