Pre-Columbian, North Coast Peru, Moche/Mochica, ca. 400 to 600 CE. A polychrome whistling stirrup vessel with one of the two bowls in the form of a standing parrot, its realistic curved beak partially opened to allow a whistling sound to escape. The artisan used an orange, red, and cream hued color scheme favored by the Moche, the red being applied with red clay slip, a fine clay with oxide pigments that, when fired, bring out a brilliant color. Size: 8.75" W x 9.1" H (22.2 cm x 23.1 cm)
Stirrup spout vessels reached their high point with the Moche culture, which flourished during the Early Intermediate period from approximately 100 BCE through 800 CE where a vast array and large quantities of these ceramics were produced. The Moche or Mochica employed a wide variety of techniques to create vessels ranging from the most basic and utilitarian to finely painted pots and carefully molded portrait vessels that display wonderful artistic expression. These objects manifest a remarkable range of design representing men, women, animals, plants, deities and anthropomorphized figures pursuing a multitude of activities. From hunting and fishing to sexual acts and elaborate ceremonies, Mochica art represents mythology, ritual and the daily life of the people.
Provenance: ex-private Houston, Texas, USA collection, acquired at auction
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