A Decorated Bone Pendant from Patipampa

Author(s): Zachary Critchley

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "Seeing Wari through the Lens of the Everyday: Results from the Patipampa Sector of Huari" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

The 2018 Patipampa excavations at Huari resulted in the discovery of a wealth of remarkable artifacts with potentially far-reaching implications for our understanding of Middle Horizon iconography, including a small bone pendant from a possible gallery space. This bone pendant was noted for a carving representing the Rayed Head, an important icon which was one of the three principal figures of the Southern Andean Iconographic Series, or SAIS. This depiction has a number of notable characteristics, including stylistic variations in the rays and surface coloration made from copper and cinnabar. This paper will be an element-by-element iconographic deep dive into this depiction, tying this piece of non-ceramic art into the greater SAIS landscape and determining what insights this can provide into Patipampa’s place in the greater Huari sphere of influence and beyond, including stylistic influences as well as material procurement.

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A Decorated Bone Pendant from Patipampa. Zachary Critchley. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 452296)

Spatial Coverage

min long: -82.441; min lat: -56.17 ; max long: -64.863; max lat: 16.636 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 25476