Arielle P. Kozloff and Linda Schildkraut, Gods and Mortals, New York, 1999, no. 16.
Elizabeth Hill Boone, ed. Andean Art at Dumbarton Oaks, vol. 1, Washington D.C., 1996, pp. 89 - 100, plates 10- 13.
The Cupisnique culture flourished on the northern Peruvian coast in the second and first millennia B.C. Its art style has been confused with that of Chavin. In fact, some scholars call Cupisnique objects "coastal Chavin." However, it has been ascertained that the Cupisnique style developed prior to that of Chavin. Although the two remained largely independent of one another, there were some mutual influences between them. Both cultures seemed to worship a supernatural feline deity.