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Pre-Columbian, Chavin / Cupisnique, North Coast of Peru, 1400 to 500 BCE. This is one of my favorite pieces in this auction! A beautiful blackware stirrup vessel with an owl's body forming one half of the stirrup; the owl's tail flips outwards and he looks down towards it. There are realistic details making feathers and facial details, but the rounded ears and sweet face give it a cute, and not entirely naturalistic, appearance. Peru has many representatives of the Strigiformes order, so this would have been based on an observed animal and then given some flourishes. Although much Cupisnique pottery focuses on trophy heads and warfare, they also are known for their depictions of animals. This is a beautiful piece sure to spark conversation and delight animal lovers! Size: 6.5" L x 6.25" W x 8.75" H (16.5 cm x 15.9 cm x 22.2 cm)

Provenance: Ex-private Batek family collection acquired in Peru in the early 1960's then handed down through 3 generations.

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Repairs to head of owl and stirrup in two places. All original.

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Chavin Cupisnique Blackware Stirrup Vessel - Owl Body

Estimate $5,000 - $7,000Jun 02, 2016
Starting Price $3,000
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