Pre-Columbian, North Coast Peru, Moche, ca. 450 to 700 CE. An amazing pottery drinking vessel known as a kero with a wide rim and a conical body which tapers gradually to a flat base. Attached to the vessel is a naturalistic ceramic arm with five grasping fingers, a slender wrist, and a forearm which terminates at a lightly-rounded terminal. The highly-burnished composition is covered in a layer of pale-orange slip, and a register of abstract geometric motifs encircles the kero's upper body. The hollow nature of both arm and kero show that the owner of the vessel was imbibing on more chicha - a type of beer made from fermented corn - that the volume of the cup would suggest. Size: 10.75" L x 4.3" W x 5.9" H (27.3 cm x 10.9 cm x 15 cm).
Provenance: ex-private Los Angeles, California, USA collection, acquired around 1974
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Professionally repaired and restored from multiple large pieces with resurfacing and light overpainting along break lines. Areas of restoration to part of cup's upper body and area of hand. Minor nicks to rim, base, and arm, with fading to areas of original pigmentation, and a couple of stable hairline fissures. Light earthen deposits, manganese blooms, and root marks throughout.