Pre-Columbian, North Coast Peru, Moche, ca. 200 to 600 CE. A charming mold-formed pottery stirrup vessel in the form of a seated bird floating upon water and glazed in a rich hue of deep brown. With its head angled downward, the avian presents with a long pointed beak, incised coffee-bean shaped eyes, and a gracefully curved neck. Its wings lay parallel to its body on each side, resting above its bent legs and feet, which grasp a fish with an incised eye below the bird's left wing. A curved stirrup spout protrudes from just above its rectangular tail, connecting to the bird's head. A remarkable example from Moche culture! Size: 6.25" L x 3.875" W x 8" H (15.9 cm x 9.8 cm x 20.3 cm)
Provenance: private Copeland collection, Boulder, Colorado, USA, acquired before 1990
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Beak has been reattached. Repair to head/spout area. A few repairs to rim of spout. Expected surface wear with some light scratches, nicks/chips, and surface cracks throughout. Otherwise, very nice with excellent remaining pigment and lovely earthen deposits in recessed areas.