Andean Divinity. 11 X 11.5 $200.

Print from 10 X 12" oil on canvas original.

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Peru's first expansive civilization, the Chavín, were contemporaries of the more southern Olmec peoples. Chavín artisans created cult images that combined the jaguar with serpents and crocodiles.

The Incas were to represent the final phase of Andean unity, culturally and politically. From Cusco, high in the Andes, they disseminated their own symbolic vocabulary throughout their vast domain. Beneficiaries of the preceeding cultures, Inca gods were serpent holders and also had serpents at the ends of their hair.