This is a group of Pre-Columbian Chancay Grave finds, c. 1000-1400 A.D. The group contains a bone flute, a spindle, umbilical cord and a fragment of carved wood. Provenance: from Peru and excavated onsite in 1960s. From the Melville Gray, Bowerswell, Perth Collection. The artefacts are fine condition (the bone flute was possibly broken before being put in the grave) and measure 194mm – 22mm.

Occupying the central coast coastal region of Peru, the Chancay were centered mostly in the Chancay and Chillón valleys, although they also occupied other areas such as the Rimac and Lurin valley areas. The center of the Chancay culture was located 80 kilometers north of Lima and is a desert region, but has fertile valleys bathed by rivers and is rich in resources that allowed for, among other things, extensive agricultural development. Not much is known about the Chancay civilization, which developed in the later part of the Inca Empire. This culture emerged after the fall of the Wari civilization. Parts of the southern Chancay area were conquered by the Chimú in the early fifteenth century and in about 1450 A.D. the Incas were occupying both areas. It is believed that the Chancay had a centralized political structure, forming a small regional state. Thus, the Chancay culture declined in the fifteenth century to make way for the territorial expansion of the Inca Empire.



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