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Salinar / Moche Pottery Portrait Jar - Head Shape

Pre-Columbian, north coast of Peru, Salinar to Moche cultures, ca. 100 to 200 CE. An incredible early example of a portrait jar, with a childlike face on a large head forming the body of the vessel. A narrow spout juts from the top of the head and a flattened cylinder handle extends from the side of the spout down to the forehead. Twin ears with drilled holes hint that when first made, it had rings or feathers or some other kind of attached decoration. Size: 6.75" W x 6.5" H (17.1 cm x 16.5 cm)

The Salinar period was brief, between the Cupisnique and the Moche, and it seems to have been a transitional period, when archaeological evidence shows that people were abandoning fields and establishing fortified towns. Their artwork became straightforward, depicting realistic if stylized versions of people and animals; the bright orange color shown here indicates an earlier Salinar piece.

Condition: Intact, with slight wear to paint as shown

Provenance: Ex-Fred Drew collection, Ex Arte Primitivo

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