Pre-Columbian, North Coast Peru, Chavin culture, ca. 1000 to 200 BCE. A hand-built and highly-burnished brownware pottery vessel of a lovely form with a lightly-rounded but stable base, a spherical body with a smooth shoulder, a stirrup-shaped handle with protruding upper corners, and a corseted neck with an everted rim. The body of the vessel boasts a pair of incised abstract anthropomorphic faces on either side, each exhibiting rectangular eyes, a curled nose and ear, and a gaping mouth with a protruding tongue. The heads are separated by tall triangular peaks which widen towards the base and form a horizontal ground atop which the heads are presented. Size: 5.25" W x 8.4" H (13.3 cm x 21.3 cm).
Provenance: ex-Martha Lyman estate collection, Dayton, Tennessee, USA
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Minor abrasions to body, handle, and spout, with light softening to some incised details, and areas of fire-darkening and fading to original pigmentation, otherwise intact and very good. Light earthen deposits throughout.