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Lot 0056
Pre-Columbian, North Coast Peru, Chimu, ca. 1100 to 1450 CE. A fun blackware double-chambered whistling vessel with a smooth, matte finish and a sculpted bird with a long, downward-curving beak seated on the front end above the puck-like chamber. A tall, tapering, conical spout rises from the other side of the chamber, which is spherical, with a pronounced disc foot. When poured this vessel was designed to whistle in order to prevent anyone from swiping the precious liquid within. Size: 9.5" L x 7.5" H (24.1 cm x 19 cm)

Provenance: private Leonard collection, Virginia, USA, acquired before 1979

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Intact, although there may be a tiny loss from the tip of the bird's beak (similar examples show the bird with prey in its mouth). Tiny chips and nicks on the surface commensurate with age.

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Chimu Blackware Double Chambered Avian Effigy Vessel

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