Pre-Columbian, Central coast of Peru, Ica / Chancay transitional, ca. 800 to 1200 CE. Large, important and spectacular pottery olla in the form of a rotund human. Large rounded lower section painted in black and white over red base with central panel of confronting animals, other animals and abstract designs on upper chest, possibly representing a textile tunic pattern. Atop the lower rounded section is the head of the figure with large grimacing frown, rows of teeth exposed and painted white, relief nose, ears and eyes and facial tattooing; flaring spout above his head and relief arms at his sides. What a fine and rare example! Custom base. Size: 10.5" W x 17.5" H (26.7 cm x 44.4 cm)
Provenance: Ex-Bill Freeman collection, Santa Fe, New Mexico
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