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Viru Bi-Chrome Bridge-Spouted Jar - Sexual Embrace

Pre-Columbian, North Coast of Peru, Viru, ca. 300 BCE to 100 CE. This couple is definitely doing more than dancing; a bridge-spouted bichrome pottery vessel featuring a couple engaged in sexual relations - with groping arms and legs akimbo, and explicitly performing the act. Both are decorated from head to toe in black on red negative resist geometric motifs and striations, perhaps representing tattoos or body paint. In addition, their ears are pierced, presumably for suspending decorative ornaments. As for the erotic subject matter, the ancients of Peru seemed to favor this iconography as they enjoyed creating pottery vessels that narrated nearly every aspect of their lives, including such sexual encounters. Scholars have suggested that these pieces were created as teaching devices, appreciated for their didactic nature. Size: 4.625" W x 6" H (11.7 cm x 15.2 cm)

Condition: Intact with only minor surface wear. Overall excellent.

Provenance: Ex-private K. Tiernan collection, CO.

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