Ancient Forms for the Modern Eye April 2018 - Page 108



XIX
Nazca Double Bird Effigy Vessel
with Bridge Spout
Early Intermediate Period: 1 – 700 A.D.
Ceramic
Overall: 6 x 5 3/4 x 2 3/4 in. (15.2 x 14.6 x 7 cm)
This is an unusual bird effigy bottle with double spouts and bridge handle. The
two birds are in a mating position, with the female on the bottom turning her
head almost 180 degrees to look up at the male. The male bird has modeled legs,
which help support him on the female’s back. The female, on the other hand,
has legs painted on the underside of her belly. These birds represent an unknown
species with white speckled breasts. Their short, sharp beaks are also colored
white and they have elliptical markings around the eyes. The tail feathers are
portrayed by wavy multi-colored bands.
Provenance: Acquired by the current collection in 1990.
Merrin Gallery, New York.
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