Pre-Columbian, Peru (North Coast), middle to late Moche, ca. 400 to 800 CE. A humorous mold-made stirrup vessel in the form of a long-suffering llama carrying two sacks, one on either side of his body, and, on his back, the body of his human companion, who appears incapacitated. The man slumps on his stomach across the llama's back, with only his head raised. A tall, gently-curved handle rises from the man's head on one side and the llama's head on the other. The man's clothing and face are detailed, showing him in a tunic with a hood, long leggings, and tall boots. Size: 9" W x 8.35" H (22.9 cm x 21.2 cm)
See a similar example at the Art Institute of Chicago: http://www.artic.edu/aic/collections/artwork/9156/print
Provenance: private California, USA collection
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Small chip from rim. Underside has been repaired and restored, with overpainting along restoration; this has been done very well and is almost invisible.