Mortar with incised geometric design
Not on view
This rectangular stone receptacle bears incised stepped, concentric geometric designs with recessed areas on the exterior. The principal shape is a 20-sided cruciform motif known as the ANdean cross, an element common in art from the Andes throughout the Precolumbian period.
The Condorhuasi-Alamito peoples were llama pastoralists in the area that is now the Catamarca province of Argentina. They were skilled artisans in a variety of media, including ceramic, metal, and stone. Archaeological evidence suggests that the Condorhuasi-Alamito peoples maintained extensive long-distance contacts with other regions, including the important site of Tiwanaku, near Lake Titicaca in what is now Bolivia.
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