Antique Pre-Columbian Chimu Inca Blackware Ceramic Figural Whistling Vessel
Antique Pre-Columbian Chimu Inca Blackware ceramic, bridge-spouted double-chambered figural musical whistling vessel circa 1100 - 1400 AD Front lobe depicts a seated man (lord or shaman) holding his hands on his lap, wearing a long tunic and hat connected by a bridge handle to a tubular spout. The man's body is connected by a second bridge to a cherimoya fruit of a rounded compressed form decorated overall with tufts.
Overall length: 20 cm (7.87 inches)
Height: 18 cm (7.9 inches)
CONDITION: Showing age and usage, spout, with small chip near the rim and horizontal crack near the bridge, hairline crack at the base of the figural chamber, light earthen deposits within recessed areas, otherwise in good condition consistent with age.
The whistling vessel in which a whistle, is sounded by blowing into the spout, or by pouring liquid from one chamber to the other to create a bird-like twittering sound.
Provenance: Ex private Canadian collection