This fantastical blackware whistle comes from The North Coast of Peru and dates C.A. 1100 - 1470 A. D. It is a bridge spout vessel depicting an avian creature perched atop four globular fruits (possibly sapotes. It measures 5 1/4" in overall height by 4" in width and 4 1/2" in depth. When the spout is blown it emits a high clear tone which comes from a small perforation in the neck of the bird. It shows great artistic creativity along with an adept pottery making ability!
It is in mint condition save for one miniscule chip at the top of the spout. It is definitely not the typical run of the mill mass produced vessels so often seen from The Chimu Culture. I have never seen another like it. A great edition to any collection. Provenance: A highly respected gallery/auctioneer located in North Carolina.
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