Pre-Columbian, northwest coast Peru, Viru culture, ca. 200 BCE. A charming double vessel built from pottery with a piriform body on the backside and a columnar, awning-topped structure as the frontal body. The front has a squat rectangular base with a disembodied head covered by an awning with stepped peripheries and a slanted roofline, and atop the roof is an abstract zoomorphic creature resembling a coatimundi. The exterior of the dark orange vessel is covered in dark brown pigment that creates concentric ringlets, panels of ovoid forms, and spirals along the bottom of the back chamber. A high-pitched whistling sound emanates from behind the covered head when air is blown into the tapered spout of the latter chamber. Size: 8.6" L x 3.9" W x 8.8" H (21.8 cm x 9.9 cm x 22.4 cm)
Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection; ex-private T. Misenhimer collection, Beverly Hills, California, USA, collected from 1970-2008
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Minor abrasions and encrustations to both bodies, mouthpiece, tone head, and zoomorphic creature, with fading to original pigmentation, otherwise intact and excellent. Nice preservation to most painted details throughout. Whistle produces nice, high-pitched tone when played.