Small Jar, Inca Peru

Small jar
Inca, Peru
6.5″ (16.5 cm) high
1470-1550 A.D.

An unusual globular terracotta jar with a tall neck, flared top and loop handle, painted on the shoulder with a stylized meander of bird’s heads and on the equator with a bold vertical striped pattern in brown, black and white. The neck is painted with black and white horizontal stripes with the rounded bottom in the original buff. There is a small hole on the bottom marked E63, possibly indicating the administration of a TL test.
Ex. private collection, Iowa, Ex. Sotheby’s Pre-Columbian Art Auction, May 17, 1993, Lot #224, ex. David Bernstein Fine Arts.