Pre-Columbian, northern to central Peru, Inca, but possibly made by a Chimu artisan, ca. 1300 to 1500 CE. A handsome burnished blackware stirrup vessel depicting the head of an elite lord or warrior, donning a grand horn-shaped helmet, perhaps indicative of shamanic status, and massive round earspools, his serious countenance presenting wide-opened almond-shaped eyes as if in a trance-like state, a naturalistic nose and mouth. Interestingly, his left ear is misshapen, perhaps a battle injury. Size: 5.25" L x 5.5" W x 8.25" H (13.3 cm x 14 cm x 21 cm)
Provenance: Ex-Vaught Collection, Atlanta, GA
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