Ancient Forms for the Modern Eye April 2018 - Page 86

Salinar Double-Chamber Parrot Vessel
Early Horizon – Early Intermediate Period: 200 B.C. – 100 A.D.
Ceramic: Whiteware
Overall: 7 3/8 x 3 3/4 x 7 3/4 in. (18.7 x 9.5 x 19.7 cm)
The incised hooked beak and a big round eye suggest that this bird is a
macaw. It is a very simple double-chambered form, decorated all over with a
lovely creamy white slip. Great care was taken to finely burnish the surface
with a luster that has endured over the centuries. Salinar ceramics often have
a directness and immediacy and they are refreshingly straightforward in the
depiction of humans, animals and birds. The double chamber functioned as a
whistling vessel when liquid flowed from one side to the other.
Provenance: Paul Shepard, Tucson.
Dr. Ernest Lira, Houston and Denver, or Dr. Peter Almendariz,
Denver, or M. Brenner, Geneva.


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