Ancient Forms for the Modern Eye April 2018 - Page 127

Chimu Double Bird Effigy Vessel
Late Intermediate Period – Late Horizon: 1100 – 1550 A.D.
Ceramic: Blackware
Overall: 8 1/2 x 5 3/4 x 5 3/8 in. (21.6 x 14.6 x 13.7 cm)
This blackware, stirrup spouted vessel presents two long-billed water birds
on a flaring cylindrical pedestal base. The birds are conjoined in the same
direction, with one bird pruning the neck of other bird while the second has
its head turned backward over the body. Both birds have tightly held wings
and raised concentric eyes. The stirrup spout, each side rising from each bird,
joins to a single vertical spout. Like most Chimú ceramics, this piece was
moldmade and burnished after firing.
Provenance: Fine Arts of Ancient Lands, New York. Acquired in
NewYork in the 1980’s.
Nafael Gutierrez. Collected in the 1970’s.


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