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The bird of Chavín: a parrot?

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 January 2015

Demorest Davenport
Department of Biological Sciences, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA
Katharina J. Schreiber
Department of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA


A key to the understanding of ancient iconography is knowing just what the pictures are pictures of. That is not always an easy question: in this case, a classic collection of Peruvian depictions, it is at least clear the pictures are of birds. But what kind of bird, and why?

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