"Believe it or not, some archeologists have been fooled by my work! That's because of the aging process I use with my pieces."
This museum replica depicts a shaman transforming himself into a jaguar. One side of the face has long feline fangs, while the human side shows a serpent emerging from the nose and the ears takes the shape of a deer. Among Peru's pre-Inca Cupisnique culture, identified by archeologist Rafael Larco Hoyle in the 1940s, the face of this jungle cat is frequently seen in their art. Walter Jose Acosta depicts the image in a huaco, or clay vessel. The original can be seen in the Museo Larco in Lima.
- 2.3 lbs
- 11.75" H x 6.25" W x 7" D
- Signed by the artist
- Not watertight
- For decorative use only
- Clean with a soft, dry cloth
- Made in Peru, ships from US
"I'm from the Huambo province in the Amazon region of Peru, and I lived in this beautiful place with my parents until I was 15 years old, when I finished middle school. I went to Lima and did odd jobs here and there for a few years, until I was admitted to the School of Fine Arts.
"I took my first steps into the world of arts and crafts when I was 16 years old, when I worked at a workshop. I observed the work the ceramists did and let me tell you I was enthralled with it all! I learned all that I could about design and techniques for crafting these replicas. Believe it or not, some archeologists have been fooled by my work! That's because of the aging process I use with my pieces.
"I think this art form is the most beautiful thing in the world and I'm grateful to our ancestors for creating such beautiful and unique designs, which I am honored to replicate with exactitude.
"My family is my motivation to persevere in this art form, as well as to get ahead in this difficult life. Then, something else that motivates me is discovering millenary techniques and be able to make a living from them.
"The message I want my art to convey is that our ancestors crafted beautiful and complex pieces with only their hands as tools, without the kind of technology we have nowadays. Through their work they expressed all that they saw and wondered about from their environment, their thoughts, and beliefs. Clay was their medium. I feel that Peruvian ceramic art is a way to communicate with our ancestors and to keep them alive for the coming generations.
"I have exhibited my work in Peru's renowned Universidad Católica, as well as in museums.
"I would like to assure Novica customers that I am 100% devoted to my work so that you'll receive a ceramic piece with a great design and of excellent quality. Above all I would like to thank you for appreciating and for valuing the work of true artisans – it pushes me into finding ways to improve my work, which I craft with so much love."
-Walter Jose Acosta