Discover the exquisite beauty of this small Inca dish (Chua) featuring a sparrow’s head handle. This shallow vessel was prevalent in its era, favored by the elite for serving delectable small portions. It is adorned in captivating Orange-ware, embellished with a mesmerizing black, red, and white polychrome paint palette. The interior imagery is thoughtfully divided into two registers, showcasing a central band adorned with white linear diamonds encircled by a black checker pattern against a vibrant red background. Two gracefully stylized catfish, painted in rich brown hues, dance over a creamy white backdrop. Segmented black lines define the outer band. The diverse forms and decorations across regions offer profound insights into interregional geographic linkages. Experience the allure of this rare artifact that unveils a captivating glimpse into the historical tapestry of its time.
Measures 5.5”/13,97 cm. in length from bird head to feet.
Machu Picchu region, Peru. Ca. 1400-1535 AD.
Condition: Strong color paint. Good mineral deposits. Some fainted pigmentation, otherwise in excellent condition.
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