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A stunning stone tablet painting in earth toned natural pigments | Donald Ellis Gallery

Stone Tablet

Southern Andes

ca. 900-1400 AD

stone, paint

height: 22"
width: 13"

Inventory # M3072-12

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Robert Morris, Santa Fe, NM


Museo National De Arqueologia, Lima, Peru - See: Arcqueologicas, Vol. 21, Museo Nacional de Arqueologia, Antropologia E Historia Del Peru, 1992, figs. 23, 30 and 37, for a group of ceramic plaques collected at the Chucu site, Arequipa, Peru.

See attached images from the site of recovery of these Pre-Inca stone tablets

These decorated stone tablets are similar in character to a group of ceramic plaques discovered at the mountainous Chucu site, Cerro Cupara, Chuquibama, Condesuyos/Arequipa, Peru, whose function is believed to have been a form of votive offering ensuring the safe passage of the soul to the “Other World.”