Fine Nazca Polychrome Bowl w/Birds, Pre-Columbian Peru
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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Pre AD 1000: Item # 962490
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A polychrome Nazca bowl from Pre-Columbian Peru, circa 100 A.D. - 600 A.D. Measuring approximately 3 3/4" tall by about 4 1/2" wide, this thin-walled bowl is very finely potted. It features depictions of nine birds that appear to be sunning/drying their wings, encircling the exterior of the bowl. The birds are shown with orange/red beaks, tan legs, and black spots on white feathers, against a maroon/red background. There is also an orange/red and bluish/gray stripe around the lower register of the bowl. It is very aesthetically pleasing, and much nicer example than most.
Condition: In excellent condition. Two small rim chips (that were inclined toward the interior, rather than the exterior) were repaired by a professional. No stress cracks were caused by the rim impact that caused the small chips. Minor surface abrasions and wear overall, with ample mineral deposits (particularly on the interior of the bowl).
Provenance: Former private North Carolina collection.
A fine and attractive example of Pre-Columbian Nazca pottery.