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Huari of the North Octopus Vessel

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Huari of the North Octopus vessel. Large anthropomorphic - zoomorphic polychrome vessel. Ca. 400 - 800 A.D. Acquired by present owner by descent pre 1970. 15 inches tall, 14 inches wide at handles. Motif presented symmetrically in cream, red, black and chocolate. Flaring open top is a man's head. Ears and nose in relief, eyes slightly convex. The back of the head displays 3 painted birds. Outboard the side of the head, near the top, are two octopus tentacles, one each side, rising out of the vessel and upward, curving inward. The tentacles having suckers depicted in relief with central holes. Below the tentacles two opposing handles extend outward amphora like. Bulbous body displays various ornate designs both as caricature and geometric in nature. The condition of this piece is excellent.