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Sican Warrior Metalwork

SKU: si0131

Product Dimensions: 5 H x 5 W inches

Availability: In stock

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From a private collection, this pressed tin warrior resembles the type and subject of metalwork from the Sicán culture, which flourished on the north coast of Peru from about A.D. 700 to about 1375. This human-like image likely represents a Sicán warrior carrying a club and shield. The broad, slightly curved face, almond-shaped eyes, broad flat nose, small mouth, with laugh-lines around it and the protusions at the sides that look like stylized ears are typical features of some Sicán works.
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  • Hand Made


Sicán means “house” or “temple of the moon” in an extinct local language. Some scholars call the culture Lambayeque, after the broader Lambayeque River region in which it developed. The Sicán culture is best known for the extraordinary metalwork that it produced during the period A.D. 900-1100.

Sicán metalsmiths, like those of the earlier Moche culture in the same area, were masters in working sheet metal. Although the process is relatively simple, it required great manual skill and a sound knowledge of the behavior of the metal. Metalsmiths used a stone anvil and hammer, laboriously beating metal to the desired shape and thinness. To prevent the metal from cracking as it became brittle from hammering, periodically reheating it and quenching it in water.

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