Pre-Columbian, North Coast Peru, Vicus, ca. 400 to 100 BCE. A handbuilt earthenware warrior effigy whistling stirrup vessel presenting the warrior's head at the front end of the stirrup with bold applied features, his arms protruding from the front end of the vessel body with hands wielding a club and shield, his genitalia presented in relief below. Interestingly, this vessel possesses numerous perforations presumably for sprinkling the vessel's contents - through the eyes, nose, neckline, top of head, elbows, and penis - perhaps for libation ceremonies. All is nicely finished in a bichrome red and umber finish. The Vicus culture is one of the earliest known ceramic making traditions in Peru, comparable to the Olmec in Mesoamerica, and in this vessel you can see the tradition that would lead to later styles like those of the Moche and the Inca. An intriguing piece of Vicus pottery. Size: 8" L x 8" H (20.3 cm x 20.3 cm)
Provenance: private Leonard collection, Virginia, USA, acquired before 1979
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