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Chimu Stirrup Vessel in the Form of a Lobster

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Seller: bremaley (460) 100%, Location: Tucson, Arizona, Ships to: US, Item: 291932908280 A Chimu lobster stirrup vessel in the traditional Chimu blackware style. This was in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum in New York. It was purchased by the museum in 1934 from John Wise, who was a major New York City fine arts dealer specializing in Pre-Columbian antiquities. It is possibly a reproduction, probably dating from the early 20th century, according to the museum. It is nicely modeled, with protruding eyes and pincers (although the pincers look more like the legs of a lobster), as well as banding to represent the abdomen (even though it is in the position where the cepahlothorax would be on the actual animal). It is possibly meant to represent a crayfish, which often appears in Incan art. There are repairs to the spouts and ‘stirrup'. It looks like at one time the spouts were broken off, and the strap broke at the spout on each side. The repairs are well-done and do not detract; if anything they add a bit of authenticity to the piece. There is burnishing to the overall surface, and it was fired in way that makes it almost indistinguishable from actual Chimu pieces that I have had in my collection. The museum number is painted in red on the underside (34.5529), and there are also numbers in yellow grease pencil on the bottom. Dimensions: 4 3/4” H x 7 3/8” L x 2 3/4” W. It was deaccessioned from the Brooklyn Museum’s collection in 2006, and sold by Skinner Auctioneers in 2007. I purchased it at Malter Galleries in Los Angeles in November of 2007, and it’s been in my collection since then. I confirmed all of the information in 2008 with the curator for Arts of the Americas at the Brooklyn Museum. Even though this likely isn’t an authentic Chimu piece, it is an excellent reproduction that is itself over 80 years old and has a distinct history. There is a similar example of an (authentic) Incan crayfish vessel for sale currently on the website of a New York antiquities gallery. Material: Pottery, Provenance: Ownership History Available

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