Pre-Columbian, North Coast Peru, Moche I, ca. 400 BCE to 100 CE. A beautiful stirrup spout ceramic vessel of a smooth surface and classic globular form, adorned with a handsome design comprised of four quadrants of geometrics, primarily circular motifs, two quadrants embellished with cream-colored kaolin slip polka dots on a red ground, alternating with two adorned with smaller circles outlined in black resist on the red ground. The negative resist technique was rarely used by the Moche but rather more often by the Viru, Recuay, and later Vicus cultures, adding to the unusual properties of this piece. All quadrants are neatly separated by a double line painted in kaolin slip. Size: 9" x 6-3/4" (22.9 x 17.1 cm).
Condition: Chips to spout. Otherwise intact with some loss of black resist paint and minor areas of abrasion or erosion on curve of handle.
Provenance: Ex-private Leonard Collection, Virginia, USA, acquired before 1979.
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