Pre-Columbian, Peru, Chancay culture, ca. 1200 to 1450 CE. A well-preserved bowl with a wide rim, sharply tapering conical body, and small foot. The bowl is beautifully painted, black on cream, with thick stripes around its lower body and a ring of zoomorphic, lizard-like designs around the exterior rim. Twin small projections on either side form small grips. The interior is painted cream, nicely showing the brushstroke technique. Size: 6.2" W x 3.05" H (15.7 cm x 7.7 cm)
Pottery from the Chancay culture is often found in the cemeteries of the Ancon and Chancay valleys; the Chancay produced large quantities of funerary ceramics in specialized workshops. A bowl like this would have been used to hold offerings for the deceased.
Provenance: Ex-Private San Francisco, CA collection
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