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Pre-Columbian, northern highlands of Peru, Recuay culture, ca. 200 to 600 CE. A hollow-molded pottery vessel in the form of a trussed male dog with both sets of front and back legs tightly bound against its portly abdomen with lengths of rope. The globular head presents concentric circle eyes, perky ears, a conical snout with an incised mouth, and a perky nose, and the mouth of the vessel is situated behind the bald pate. Delineated genitalia and anus are situated behind the main body and the anus doubles as whistle's mouthpiece; it produces a low-frequency note when played. Covered in pale orange slip, this is an intriguing example of ancient Peruvian pottery! Size: 7.625" L x 3.375" W (19.4 cm x 8.6 cm).

Provenance: private Southern California, USA collection, acquired in the 1970s to mid-1980s

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Repaired from multiple large pieces with restoration, resurfacing, and overpainting along break lines. Small nicks and minor abrasions to head and body. Light earthen deposits throughout. Whistle produces low-frequency sound when played.

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Recuay Pottery Whistle Vessel - Trussed Dog

Estimate $800 - $1,200Dec 6, 2018
Louisville, CO, USA