Lot 2
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Paracas Polychrome Bridge-Spout Effigy Vessel, Ocucaje style, Late Paracas, ca. 300-100 B.C.

10,000 - 12,000 USD
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  • clay
  • Diameter: 7 1/2 in (19.1 cm)
depicting a falcon in flight above the deep sepia tone ground, the projecting head with delicate beak and incised eyes, the tapered outspread wings with small circles and banded markings, a strap handle with zigzag design connecting to the second spout, and the underside decorated with five concentric diamonds, covered overall in thick resinous pigments. 


Laurence C. Witten II Collection, acquired by the late 1960's-early 1970's
Sotheby's, New York, November 19,1990, lot 10, consigned by the above

Laurence C. Witten II (1926-1995) was a rare book dealer whose interests extended to collecting antiquities, musical instruments and early sound recordings. Witten collected Pre-Columbian art beginning in the 1960's; a portion of his collection was donated to the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University in the 1990's.

Catalogue Note

For a bowl with a similar bird, see Sawyer (1966: Fig. 117).