Pre-Columbian, South/Central Coast Peru, Huari (Wari) culture, ca. 600 to 1000 CE. A hand-built pottery jug of a sizable form with a flat base, a tall apple-shaped body with a rounded shoulder, a tapered neck, a thick rim, and a loop handle arching between neck and shoulder. The highly burnished exterior bears cream and beige panels separated by a thin black stripe, and an abstract anthropomorphic face is illustrated on the neck. The expressive countenance presents with almond-shaped eyes, a bulbous nose above pursed lips, vertical facial stripes painted in red, and a three-panel pectoral collar below the puffy cheeks. An intriguing example of Huari figurative pottery! Size: 6.25" W x 8.7" H (15.9 cm x 22.1 cm)
Provenance: ex-John A. Moir, Jr. Trust of 2013; acquired from Arte Primitivo (September 17, 2019 - lot #283)
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Professionally repaired from multiple pieces, with restoration along some break lines, and resurfacing and overpainting along new material and break lines. Minor abrasions to base, body, handle, and rim, with fading to areas of original pigment, and light encrustations. Light earthen deposits and nice traces of original pigment throughout.