Pre-Columbian, Peru, Inca, ca. 1400 to 1532 CE. A mold-made terracotta whistling bridge spout vessel created by the Inca culture. The vessel design is comprised of two vernacular house forms, each one of a cylindrical form with a tiered conical roof, a central doorway, and several rectangular windows. Twin cylindrical spouts rise from the rooftops. The taller one has a flared rim around the opening, and atop the shorter one is a flared platform with a whistling bird perched upon it. How adorable as well as musical! A special vessel that was designed so that when water would be poured from it, one could hear a lovely high pitched whistling sound - as if the sweet bird was tweeting. Size: 7.125" W x 7.7" H (18.1 cm x 19.6 cm)
Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection; ex-Hirsch Collection, Germany, acquired by 1990
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Professionally repaired from several pieces including reattachment of the rim with restoration over the break lines, very well done and difficult to discern. Minute nicks to rim, base below bird, high-pointed features of the bird, peripheries of tiered roofs, and base of vessel. Normal surface wear with scuffs and areas of abrasions. Scattered deposits as shown.