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Pre-Columbian, North Coast Peru, Moche III, ca. 400 to 500 CE. A beautiful, bichrome pottery flared bowl - called a florero - used in Moche ceremonies, painted via the "fine-line" technique. The interior rim features four sea birds - probably pelicans - in flight against a backdrop of dramatic white-capped waves. They fly around the vessel with their mouths open as if ready to swoop down into the sea and snap up fish. A bold red band underscores their presence, and a matching red band adorns the exterior base. To the Moche, birds symbolized many valued human qualities, like skill in hunting and battle. Size: 9.25" W x 5.7" H (23.5 cm x 14.5 cm)

Provenance: private Glorieta, New Mexico, USA collection; ex-Bill Freeman collection, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

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Expertly restored from what looks like four large pieces. This is very well done and difficult to discern, with thin lines of overpaint along the repair lines but otherwise all original pigment.

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Moche Bi-Chrome Fineline Florero w/ Birds

Estimate $1,600 - $2,400
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