Pre-Columbian, Central Coast Peru, Lima-Nieveria culture, ca. 100 to 800 CE. A hand-built pottery jar of an attractive form with a flared foot, a top-shaped body with a dramatically carinated midsection, a rounded top, a pair of projecting conical spouts, and a wide strap handle arching between. The top of the handle features a stylized human head with ovoid eyes, a perky nose, tufts of hair protruding from the sides, and an elaborate headdress with a central 'bullseye' motif in the middle. Meticulously painted stripes, spirals, triangles, and linear motifs adorn the handle and upper body in hues of red-and-black atop a cream ground, and dozens of black spots accentuate the white-slipped foot and lower body. A fabulous and enticing pottery example from the Lima-Nieveria! Size: 7.375" W x 8.625" H (18.7 cm x 21.9 cm).
Provenance: ex-private estate collection of an esteemed Indiana University professor, Indiana, USA
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Handle and both spouts reattached to upper body, with resurfacing and overpainting along break lines. Minor abrasions to foot, body, spouts, and handle, with light fading to original pigmentation, and minor encrustations within some recessed areas. Nice earthen deposits and great traces of original pigment throughout.