Ancient Forms for the Modern Eye April 2018 - Page 105



XVII
Salinar Double-Bodied Parrot Vessel
Early Horizon – Early Intermediate Period: 200 B.C. – 100 A.D.
Ceramic: Creamware with red paint
Overall: 6 3/4 x 3 5/8 x 9 1/8 in. (17.1 x 9.2 x 23.2 cm)
This is a double vessel which has a parrot head linked to the handle and to a
spout on the second body of the piece. It has a very elaborate design, derived from
textiles, which is painted in a light brown over a cream-colored base. Both the
parrot head and the body of the two vessels are done in this way, although the
design on the body is distinguished by the incised line around all the edges which
gives it a kind of crispness. In contrast to this, the parrot head is painted in a more
freehand manner. The vessel is characteristic of the immediacy and refreshingly
straightforward depiction of humans, animals and birds in Salinar pottery.
Provenance: Sotheby’s New York, November 20, 1989 (lot 8).
Private European Collection.
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