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Vicus Pottery Whistling Bridge-Spouted Jar - Phallus

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Lot 0111E
Pre-Columbian, North Coast Peru, Vicus, ca. 500 BCE to 500 CE. A handbuilt brownware whistling vessel, the body of a domed, rounded form, the bridge spout highlighting a phallic theme with a figure presented as an erect phallus, symbolizing potency or fertility, performing fellatio on the penis he grasps. The attention to detail is impressive - note the red textured 'head' as well as the applied headband, earspools, and nose ornaments. An erotic piece from this early Peruvian culture, with a working whistling mechanism! Size: 7" in diameter x 7.625" H (17.8 cm x 19.4 cm)

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. As far as erotic iconography goes, the ancients of Peru seemed to excel in this arena as they enjoyed creating pottery vessels that narrated nearly every aspect of their lives, including explicit sexual encounters.

Provenance: Ex-private K. Tiernan collection, Colorado, USA

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Condition

Minor surface wear, but generally intact. Nice manganese deposits and burnishing marks on surface.

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Vicus Pottery Whistling Bridge-Spouted Jar - Phallus

Estimate $1,000 - $1,500Jan 18, 2018