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.