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Antique Pre-Columbian Chimu Inca Blackware Ceramic Whistling Vessel

Antique Pre-Columbian Chimu Inca Blackware Ceramic Whistling Vessel

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: Pre Columbian: Pre 1920: Item # 1457103

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Antique, pre-Columbian, Chimu, Inca blackware ceramic, bridge-spouted, double-chambered figural, musical whistling vessel, circa 1100-1400 AD. The front lobe depicts a seated man (lord or shaman) holding his hands on his lap, wearing a long tunic and hat, connected by a bridge handle to a tubular spout.

The second bridge connects the man's body with a cherimoya fruit of a rounded, compressed form decorated overall with tufts.

A whistling vessel makes a bird-like chirping sound by blowing into the spout or by pouring liquid from one chamber to another.


Overall length: 20 cm (7.9 inches)

Height: 18 cm (7.1 inches)

CONDITION: Shows age and use, a spout with a small chip near the rim and a horizontal crack near the bridge, a hairline crack at the base of the figural chamber, light earthen deposits within the recessed areas, otherwise in good condition consistent with age.

PROVENANCE: The object comes from a private Canadian collection.