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**Originally Listed at $700**

Pre-Columbian, South Coast Peru, Huari/Wari, ca. 600 to 700 CE. A very fine polychrome bridge-spouted terracotta vessel of an elegant form with a high, arched chocolate-brown handle joining the two projecting spouts, the shoulder decorated with a pair of disembodied heads in profile, finely painted in chocolate brown, cream, red, and grey hues on each side, with frightful visages comprised of bloodshot eyes with trailing red vessels emerging from each corner and striated face paint/tattoos on the upper and lower lids as well as gnashing jaws revealing teeth and jagged fangs. Both figures' headdresses boast trailing plumes of stylized feathers and crests of similar abstract feathers as well as pair of animorphic/avian heads in profile. Clenched in their toothy grins is a stylized limb, perhaps belonging to the animorphic/avian creature atop his headdress. Petite round abstract black and white faces float against the red ground surrounding the larger heads. As is characteristic of Huara Valley ceramics, this example boasts an advanced degree of abstraction yet still references lifeforms inspired by the natural environment and intriguing ritualistic customs. Size: 7.5" W x 6.25" H (19 cm x 15.9 cm)

Provenance: Ex - Gill collection, Florida

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Condition

Some refreshing to the painted decoration, repaired breaks to the lower body, handle and spouts with restoration over the breaklines, upper portion of one spout restored.

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Wonderful Wari / Huari Polychrome Bridge-Spouted Vessel

Estimate $1,000 - $1,500Sep 25, 2017
686 S. Taylor Avenue Suite 106
Louisville, CO 80027
United States
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