Pre-Columbian, north coast Peru, ca. 500 BCE to 500 CE. A double-chambered whistling terracotta stirrup jar featuring a long-tailed animal, probably a coatimundi, perched atop one of the circular chambers. This coatimundi definitely has personality; just look at that expressive face with those round and boldly outlined eyes, perky ears, and prominent toothy snout with open mouth and incised, sharp teeth. Whistles and whistling vessels were created in Peru as early as 1000 BCE and continued to be created throughout history. Such forms were first created in Ecuador and likely spread to Peru from their northern neighbor. A finely handbuilt redware sculptural work from this early Peruvian culture, impressive for both its function and form as well as its whistling mechanism! Size: 6" W x 6.5" H (15.2 cm x 16.5 cm)
Provenance: Ex-private Denver, CO collection, acquired at Arte Primitivo
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