Pre-Columbian, North Coast Peru, Salinar culture, Salinar-Moche Transition period, ca. 500 BCE to 200 CE. A finely constructed pottery vessel displaying a broad portrait across the obverse. The expressive countenance presents almond-shaped eyes with white-painted pupils within puffy lids, slightly raised eyebrows decorated with incised, inward-pointing chevrons, a narrow nose with delineated nostrils and incised nasolabial folds, and a thin mouth above a petite chin. A crosshatched chinstrap across the lower part of the face spans from one finely detailed ear to the other and perhaps suggests this visage as being from that of a warrior or shaman. The rounded and elongated profile of the brow tapers gradually upwards to a pair of perforated suspension loops, and the top is surmounted by a cylindrical spout and a broad, flared rim. High burnishing marks create a smooth surface texture atop which the vibrant red-orange slip is applied. Size: 4.8" W x 7.8" H (12.2 cm x 19.8 cm)
Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection; ex-private Hans Juergen Westermann collection, Germany, collected from the 1950s to the 1960s
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Repair and restoration to nose and roughly half of spout along verso, with nearly invisible resurfacing and overpainting along new material and break lines. Very light abrasions to base and body, with minor fading to original pigmentation, and light encrustations within interior. Nice remains of original pigment throughout. Old inventory label beneath base.