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Lot 0455
**Originally Listed At $300**

Pre-Columbian, Colombia, to Ecuador (Carchi) region, Northern Highlands, Narino, ca. 800 to 1500 CE. A fine group of 4 hand-built pottery whistles exhibiting conch-shell forms. The 3 smaller whistles are covered in cream-hued slip and have pierced mouth holes on one end and a pierced suspension hole on the other. One small whistle has red pigment adorning one end in a fretted pattern, and another has a trio of red stripes interspersed by faded orange pigment. The largest whistle has its mouth on the side of the body and features a single coiled striation filled with red pigment on one end. The larger whistle produces a nice sound when played, though the trio of smaller whistles do not produce sound. Size of largest: 4.875" L x 3.5" W (12.4 cm x 8.9 cm).

Exhibited in "Artifacts of Ecuador: Collection of Col. William R. Cameron (Ret.), Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art, January 8 to 29, 1977

Provenance: private California, USA collection, acquired in 2004; ex-private Gill family collection, Pebble Beach, California, USA, acquired in 1980; ex-Colonel William R. Cameron (Ret.) collection, California, USA, acquired in 1965 to 1968; exhibited in "Artifacts of Ecuador: Collection of Col. William R. Cameron (Ret.), Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art, January 8 to 29, 1977

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#145170

Condition

All items have light fading to original pigmentation, and minor nicks and abrasions, otherwise intact and very good. Scattered manganese deposits and light earthen deposits throughout. Large whistle produces sound when played, but 3 smaller whistles do not produce sound.

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Lot of 4 Museum Exhibited Narino Pottery Conch Whistles

Estimate $550 - $825Oct 17
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