Masterfully hand carved alabaster-like Apu de 7 Puntas Stone, or Mountain of Seven Points Stone, embodies the energy of the Apus, mountain spirits, and displays the Andean cosmology symbols. Carved by Cusco artists, Abelardo and Luz Marina. This stone features the carvings of amaru, the sacred serpent Sachamama; Otorongo, the jaguar, and Kuntor, or Apuchin-Condor, among others. Because these are hand-carved, slight variations from photo can occur. Accompanied by its own hand woven drawstring pouch. Handcrafted in Peru.
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Huamanga stone carving is a traditional form of artistic expression used by many Peruvian artisans for carving. Some say it dates back as far as the 17 century, originating in the city of Huamanga, in Ayachucho, Peru. This place name is derived from the Quechua words aya; (death) and kuchu; corner, referring to a major battle for independence. Some interpret the name to mean soul or spirit corner, in reference to the great devotion of its people, even in pre-Hispanic times. Huamanga is an alabastrine, translucent limestone, soft and easy to work, which lends itself to being carved. The surface of this piece was finished by applying a thin layer of wax on the shining surface of the rock, highlighting its translucent quality and giving an ivory colored finish.
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