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Cup With Supernatural Feline-Birds

Cupisnique, Early Horizon
900 BCE - 600 BCE
10 cm x 8 cm (3 15/16 in. x 3 1/8 in.)
steatite with cinnabar

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Benson, Elizabeth P. 1972 The Mochica: A Culture of Peru. Art and Civilization of Indian America. Praeger, New York. fig. 1-3.

Bischof, Henning 2008 Context and Contents of Early Chavín Art. In Chavín: Art, Architecture, and Culture, William J. Conklin and Jeffrey Quilter, eds., pp. 107-142. Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at Ucla Monographs; 61. Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, University of California, Los Angeles. p. 125, 141, fig. 4.12a.

Boone, Elizabeth Hill (ED.) 1996 Andean Art at Dumbarton Oaks. Pre-Columbian Art at Dumbarton Oaks; No. 1. Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, D.C. vol. 1, p. 95-6, pl. 12.

Lapiner, Alan C. 1976 Pre-Columbian Art of South America. Harry N. Abrams, New York. fig. 117-118.

Exhibition History
"Flights of Fancy: Birds in Pre-Columbian Art" Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC, 10/1/2009 - 2/28/2010.

Acquisition History
Purchased from André Emmerich, New York (dealer), by Dumbarton Oaks, 1969.

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Pre-Columbian Collection, Washington, DC.