A fine Moche IV stirrup vessel from Peru, ca. 450 - 550 AD. It is 9-1/2" high and is decorated with a bean motif covering a little more than half the chamber. The Moche used such ideographic designs to communicate messages. The stirrup is decorated with a serpent, as well as a Cereus cactus. Vivid paint, good mineral deposits.
Cf. Larco Hoyle "Los Mochicas I", page 164.
A large Recuay canteen from Peru, ca. 200 – 500 AD. It is 9-1/2” high and is decorated on both sides with demonic heads, executed in black using the characteristic negative resist paint technique. Good mineral deposits and trails.
A fine Chimu orangeware bottle from Peru, ca. 1100 – 1450 AD. It is 7-1/2” high and is decorated with a band of recurved step fret designs, combining agricultural terraces and wave designs into a fertility motif. A step adorno decorates the spout. Highly burnished, good mineral deposits, with trails etched into the firing cloud.
A lovely Nazca flared bowl from Peru, ca. 600 – 800 AD. This fine polychrome vessel is 5-1/4” in diameter and is decorated with spears and vertical lines. The bottom of the vessel is quartered. In perfect condition, with vivid paint and good mineral deposits.
Cf. Proulx “Sourcebook of Nasca Iconography”, page 187.
A choice Inca phytomorphic vessel from Peru, ca. 1300 – 1500 AD. This well-made bottle is 7-3/4” high and depicts four pepinos surrounding the central chamber. The spout is encircled with an additional design band, which is an unusual feature. In perfect condition, with strong mineral deposits.
A rare matched pair of Recuay gilded tupos from Peru, ca. 1 – 650 AD. These beautiful mantle pins are 5-3/4” long and depict a pair of serpents. The eyes are inlaid with red Spondylus shell on both sides and much of the gold layer remains intact.
Cf. De Lavalle “Cobre”, page 406.
An enormous Colonial Inca wood kero from Peru, ca. 1540 – 1575 AD. This large beaker is 8-1/4” high, 5-3/8” in diameter and is decorated with elaborately carved designs that have lost all but vestiges of the earlier, traditional Pre-Columbian motifs. This highly detailed example shows wear consistent with extensive usage and good mineral deposits. Rare find in this size!
An excellent Chimu-Inca zoomorphic vessel from Peru, ca. 1400 – 1500 AD. This large bottle is 8-1/2” high and features a nicely detailed monkey draped over the top of the chamber. The head has expressive facial features, with the legs and tail molded in relief. The piece is intact and covered inside and out with strong mineral deposits and trails.
A choice Inca ceremonial pitcher from Peru, ca. 1400 – 1500 AD. This finely made vessel is 4-1/4” high and is decorated with two bands of geometric designs painted in black over the highly burnished red slip. The broad strap handle is decorated with a variety of linear designs and shows signs of extensive usage.
Cf. Domingo “Arqueologia Andina Peru”, page 365, for similar from Madrid’s Museo de America.
A rare Chimu bowl from Peru, ca. 1100 – 1450 AD. This elaborately decorated example is 6” in diameter and features four radiating panels of animated foxes, separated by panels of step-fret and serpentine designs. Nice find.
A lovely Lambayeque (Sican) bottle from Peru, ca. 700 – 1300 AD. It is 6-1/4” high and depicts the primary deity Naymlap with tears streaming down his face, representing rain. He is flanked by a pair of attendants, typically identified as his children, peering out from the inside of ceremonial huts. A nicely detailed example with good mineral deposits.
Cf. Kauffman-Doig, "Empire of Mystery", page 135.
An excellent Chimu or Lambayeque canteen from Peru, ca. 1100 – 1450 AD. This lovely blackware vessel is 7” high and is a ceramic version of a bottle gourd (Lagenaria siceraria). This rare example also mimics the large, stacked vessels used by chicha vendors in the markets. It is highly burnished, has intact suspension loops and shows strong mineral deposits and trails overall.
Cf. De Lavalle “Lambayeque”, page 92.
A choice Huari painted vessel from Peru, ca. 650 – 800 AD. This fine chicha jug from the Huara Valley is 7-1/2” high and features a nicely detailed figure seated atop the chamber. The upper half of the vessel is decorated with panels of linear and mesh décor, echoing traditional textile motifs. Intact, with vivid paint and strong mineral deposits.
A rare Moche comb from Peru, ca. 200 – 600 AD. This choice example of a textile manufacturing tool is 4-1/8” wide and is made from split Carrizo reed and palm spikes, bound together with braided string. Rare type in excellent condition.
Cf. Larco Hoyle "Los Mochicas II", page 194.
A choice Cupisnique fruit effigy from Peru, ca. 800 - 200 BC. This single-spout bottle is 10-1/4" wide, 8" high and is finely detailed with paint and incising. The incised lines are highlighted with tan paint and spotted patterns are created with the use of a negative resist technique. Intact, with good mineral deposits.
A nice Chimu phytomorphic bottle from Peru, ca. 1100 – 1450 AD. It is 6” high and depicts a lúcuma. This fruit was highly prized and cultivated by ancient Andean cultures and is still widely used in the production of desserts and baked goods. Intact, with heavy mineral deposits.
A beautiful Nazca-Huari transitional shell-form vessel from Peru, ca. 700 – 800 AD. It is 6-3/4” long and is decorated with a Radiating or Flying Eye design painted over the cream slip in the Atarco style. Small bar elements surround the large spout.
Cf. Proulx “Sourcebook of Nasca Iconography”, page 111.
A lovely Chimu-Inca phytomorphic vessel from Peru, ca. 1100 - 1450 AD. This fine example is 7" long and depicts a pepino, a sweet melon-like fruit of great importance to ancient Andean people. The upper half of the chamber is highly burnished, the lower half is matte. In excellent condition, with good mineral deposits. Comes with ring base.