Inca Designs - Pisac, Peru Terracotta plate
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Pisac is a Peruvian village in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, famed for its Inca ruins. Explorer Hiram Bingham wrote: "...the Incas carried to a remarkable extreme the manufacture of graceful,symmetrical pottery." Ceramics made there now of the local red clay, like this beautiful plate, carry on their traditional polychrome painted geometric designs. Colors used to create the complex motifs are brown and red, like the originals. The longer you contemplate this piece, the more impressed you are with the intricacy of the painted symbols.
The plate was baked in the sun, then fired twice to make it a very sturdy piece. It was given a final glossy clear coat and hand signed on the underside "Pisac, PERU." There are two tiny holes at the top for hanging. The slightly dished plate measures 7 inches in diameter and 3/4 inch high, weighing in at 10 ounces. It's in excellent condition with no issues. This plate's a vibrant piece of Peruvian terracotta pottery and wonderfully decorative.