**First Time At Auction**
Pre-Columbian, South Coast Peru, Nazca, ca. 100 to 300 CE. An attractive stirrup vessel presenting an ample piriform polychrome body topped by a black double-spouted stirrup. The iconographic/decorative program of the body features seven cobs of corn - delineated in red, orange, grey, and black - with threadlike strands of corn silk elegantly emerging from the tips of each ear. Below these is a narrow register with a black linear over a black sinuous band against a cream-hued ground. The lower section and base are embellished with russet red slip. In ancient Peru, corn was not the staple food stuff that it was in Mesoamerica; instead, it was primarily used to make chicha, a special beer, and, possibly, a stronger hallucinogenic brew when combined with cactus juice. Given its corn motif, perhaps this vessel was created to store one of these coveted beverages! Size: 7.125" in diameter x 8.5" H (18.1 cm x 21.6 cm)
Provenance: ex-private Hans Juergen Westermann collection, Germany, collected from 1950-1960s
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Slight surface wear and professionally repaired from multiple pieces with restoration and some areas of repainting over the break lines. However, this is so well done, that it is very difficult to see these repairs. Overall, an excellent example.