The Chavin Culture


Chavin Man-GodThe "Chavin Culture" (so-called because its major site was found in the area of Chavin de Huantar, Peru) is the earliest urban culture on the South American continent. It thrived from approximately 1500 BC - 300 BC. It is thought to have been primarily a religious cult which began in the Andes highlands and then spread throughout the country. In the early age of this culture, it was a wandering town of hunters and collectors; then, with the development of agriculture, cattle raising, metallurgy and a unique textile technique, it became urban.

They worshipped a jaguar-man god. Their culture has very distinctive art styles, particularly in effigy pots, many of which were in feline shapes. They used black and gray colors,decorating with incisions and figures in relief. Generally of inferior technique in comparison to other Peruvian cultures.      More about Chavin Cultue?


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Pre-Hispanic (Pre-Columbian) Peruvian Huacos
Chavin Huaco 09
Pre-Hispanic (Pre-Columbian) Peruvian Huacos
Chavin Huaco 15
Pre-Hispanic (Pre-Columbian) Peruvian Huacos
Chavin Huaco 23


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The Huacos Of Peru

The main language of the Andean people is Quenhuan. Prior to the Pre-Columbian (Pre-Hispanic) period of Peru, ceremonial pottery was buried with the dead. From the Quechua word "huaca" (meaning holy burial site), Peruvians now call the ancient ceramics found therein "huacos". The term is culturally generic; that is, it does not refer to a particular culture or time period of Peru.

Reproductions of Pre-Hispanic Huacos are especially popular with tourists, and can be typically found in markets and shops throughout Peru, and often on the streets from "huaqueros" (grave robbers). The Huacos offered here were obtained from many different sources over a period of many years during our travels throughout Peru. Some are obviously reproductions. The authenticity of those obtained from street venders cannot be determined. Each is offered in an as is condition, many with either authentic aged nicks and discoloration or well crafted fakery.