Weekly Auctions of Exceptional Items
Log In
lots of lots
Lot 0050P


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

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience.



Tiny nicks to ears of coatimundi and spout reattached. Otherwise intact with beautifully burnished surface and fabulous manganese blooms.

Buyer's Premium

  • 22.5%

Rare Vicus Whistling Stirrup Jar, ex-Arte Primitivo

Estimate $500 - $800Jun 02, 2016
Starting Price $250
Shipping & Policies
See Policy for Shipping
Ships fromBoulder County, CO, US
Artemis Gallerybadge TOP RATED
686 S. Taylor Avenue
Boulder County, CO 80516