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    Description

    A Moche Bird-Headed Drummer
    c. 400-700 AD

    Hollow earthenware with brown and cream paints. This shamanic transformation figure is a seated human with a bird head holding a circular drum in its right hand and striking it with a beater with its left. The head tilted up and the eyes hooded and beak downturned giving it an expression of serious and intense concentration. Elegantly formed stirrup spout at back. In apparently excellent condition, tiny chip to tip of beak, no other visible repairs or restorations.

    Provenance:
    Griffin Gallery, Boca Raton, FL. Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity from the gallery.

    Ex. Kate Kemper Collection. Ms. Kemper of London and Switzerland (1908-2004) was an early collector of Andean art, forming an important collection of ceramics and textiles after visiting Peru. Her comprehensive collection was formed in Europe and exhibited in various museums including Ancient Peruvian Art, at the Arts Council Gallery, London in 1962, and Alt Peru in 1972 at the Landesmuseum, Muenster.

    Illustrated: on the large poster for Ancient Peruvian Art, Arts Council Gallery, London, 1962.

    Height: 8 inches




    Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000.

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    June
    4th Tuesday
    Auction Dates
    June
    25th Tuesday
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