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Extremely Fine Antique Andes Indian Museum Exhibited Coca Pouch Bolivia K004 For Sale
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no longer allows us to automatically accept returns in exchange for merchandise. However, WE WILL CONTINUE TO ACCEPT RETURNS IN EXCHANGE FOR ITEMS IN OUR STORE INVENTORY [buyer pays return shipping within three days of receipt]. The new, mandatory 14-day return policy allows unscrupulous buyers the opportunity to peddle and abuse our material for two weeks and then return it for their money back. This policy will create a new wave of crooks that can easily create vast inventories with no investment risks save for the possible minimal cost of return shipping. In the meantime, we lose our packing and shipping expenses, we lose PayPal fees, we lose relisting fees, we lose potential clients, we lose weeks of exposure and we lose potential legitimate sales.
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AN EXCEPTIONALLY FINE, HISTORIC ANDEAN INDIAN
COCA LEAF POUCH
Inventory Number: K004 Country of Origin: Plurinational State of Bolivia. Basic Description: An authentic Native American hand woven, warp-faced flat pouch. Native Name: Wist’alla. Region: Collected in Qurqi (Qorque) Pueblo, Provincia Carangas, Department of Oruro. Language group: Aymara. Approximate Age: Turn-of-the-19th century. Materials: Homespun fine Merino sheep wool and handspun, white llama wool. Approximate Size: 5 3/4 inches high by 6 1/4 inches (excluding 2 ½-inch fringe). The woven pouch is 6 ¾ inches high. Colors: As in photos. The field in gorgeous shades of rust red. Condition: Excellent, guarded condition. The pouch is bright, clean and free of stains or worn spots of any kind. Some of the colors (especially affecting the fringe) have lightly faded from age.
Remarks: This lot includes a superb and extremely finely woven Andean Indian coca pouch of antique age from the Carangas region of Oruro. Carangas was historically occupied by Uruqilla llama herders who were subjugated by Aymara warlords between the 14th and 17th centuries A.D. The relatively large pouch is masterfully woven with a natural-dye rust red field accented with stripes and fine design work. The dyes incorporated in the yarns are both natural and aniline in origin. The woven pouch and fringe mostly consists of fine homespun “Toledo” yarns; the white yarn is fine, handspun llama wool.
There are three pairs of thick tassels, which normally indicates use by an important personage, such as a community or ayllu (family territory) leader. This fine textile has an impressive 82 warps per inch and 23 wefts per inch! There is fine, dark green, tight edge tubing on the upper sides and top edge. There is no neck strap, which may indicate that it was carried by a sacred mamatalla, or leader’s wife. The bag is tightly and very skillfully woven and displays splendidly. This is a mighty fine and impressive textile. The piece is in rare, outstanding, original condition. The textile was collected in the 1980’s and retains a 1990 export/import tag sewn on one side (easily removed). The pouch was exhibited in 1999 at Exeter College, New Hampshire as part of the exhibit “BEFORE THE SPINNING STOPS: MASTERPIECES OF NATIVE BOLIVIAN WEAVING.”
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Terms used to describe the physical condition of textiles can be subjective and vary greatly from one observer to another. What some others call “mint” condition, we call “good”; what others call “excellent” condition, we call “fair.” We present as accurate and truthful descriptions of condition as possible. We make a concerted effort to describe all damage and repairs precisely. Following are explanations of the terms we use.
MINT = Like new. Unused -- as if recently removed from the loom. No wear or patina of any kind. These textiles may have “nubs” or even loose, uncut threads from the weaving process.
EXCELLENT = Usually only lightly used, often guarded or stored for many years. There may be extremely light wear, patina and sheen from use. There may also be nearly undetectable light staining or soiling from use. The colors may have muted ever so slightly due to age or exposure, often improving the beauty of a textile.
VERY GOOD = Usually lightly or only periodically used. The surface may be very lightly but evenly worn. There are no tears or distracting holes. There may be minimal surface discoloration. Vintage textiles may have lightly darkened yarn from use and age (staining and soiling). Overall, the textile will be in outstanding condition and at a displayable distance will appear perfect.
GOOD = Usually moderately to well-used. There may be light to medium staining, isolated or throughout. Some parts of the textile may be worn or have very small holes, occasionally exposing hidden thread yarns. Edges may be lightly frayed. Surface discoloration due to age and exposure is common but often improving the appearance of a textile. There may be minor, light or isolated, dye “run.” Damage will not distract significantly from the textile when displayed.
FAIR = Either well-used or moderately abused. Extensive wear is common as is some “bleeding” or dye “run.” In most 20th century cases, the colors have considerably faded. Sections of fringe or tassels may be missing. Textiles may be in otherwise excellent condition but with a single isolated sector of damage, that greatly reduces its aesthetic appeal. Most vintage tribal textiles on the market are in FAIR TO GOOD condition.
POOR = Showing evidence of extreme usage and damage. These textiles do not display well and are primarily useful as study specimens or examples of sometimes very rare textiles.
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