Pre-Columbian, North Coast Peru, Chimu, ca. 1100 to 1450 CE. A fun blackware double-chambered whistling vessel with a smooth, matte finish and a sculpted parrot with a long, downward-curving beak seated on the front end above the puck-like chamber. A tall, tapering, conical spout rises from the other side of the chamber, which is also puck-like; between the two chambers is a pronounced conical foot. Each puck side has a relief image of an armadillo. When poured this vessel was designed to whistle in order to prevent anyone from swiping the precious liquid within. Size: 6.25" W x 6.7" H (15.9 cm x 17 cm)
Provenance: private J.H. collection, Beaverton, Oregon, USA; purchased in Lima, Peru in June, 1988
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Small chips, nicks, and scratches commensurate with age but overall in great condition. Small, stable surface fissures on the parrot's legs and on one side of the spout. Great deposits. The underside features a handwritten note with a collection number and collection location/date: "Lima, Peru, 6/88".