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Huari Pottery Polychrome Stirrup Vessel - Serpent Heads

$1,495.00
Pre-Columbian, Huari/Wari culture, Peru, ca. 6th to 9th century CE. A beautifully symmetrical vessel with an apple-shaped body and delineated shoulder. Twin conical spouts rise from the upper body, projecting outward like deer antlers, with a broad strap handle between the two spouts. The body of the vessel has a rich, dark red background with a broad, deep brown strip just under the shoulder; the same color is on the spouts and handle. Around the shoulder is a twice-repeated motif of a fantastical figure: a mask-like anthropomorphic face with four snake heads projecting from it and a single tall feather rising from its center. A border around the square face of each has a labryinthine/stepped motif painted within it, perhaps meant to recall pyramids. Circular shapes and rectangles also decorate the shoulder. Size: 7.3" W x 6.7" H (18.5 cm x 17 cm)

Throughout the Pre-Columbian world, serpents were symbols of regeneration, and therefore associated with the agricultural cycle. Their ability to shed their skin and grow was considered a powerful transformation.

Condition: Intact, in excellent condition.

Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection; ex private Los Angeles, California, USA collection

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