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Chimu Zoomorphic Figure Vessel, Peru, ca. 1100-1400 AD

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Seller: bremaley (471) 100%, Location: Tucson, Arizona, Ships to: US, Item: 291932909591 A Chimu zoomorphic figure 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 1937 from the New York Historical Society. It is an authentic Chimu piece from Peru, and dates ca. 1100-1400 AD. It has well-modeled facial features, which are very fine to the touch, including the ears, teeth and raised rings around the eyes. The features appear to be feline in nature, and this type of animal was a very common motif in many Pre-Columbian ceramics, including Chimu. The two pierced tabs seem to indicate that the vessel was to be hung from a cord. I have seen other examples like this one, and I believe these were to have had a stopper and function as a sort of canteen. It appears to have been made in a two-part mold, as was a common practice with the Chimu, and surface burnishing is visible overall. The museum number is painted in red on the bottom (37.2597.PA). Dimensions: 3 3/4” H x 3 5/8” L x 2” 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. Material: Pottery, Provenance: Ownership History Available

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