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    Portrait Cup
    Huari
    A.D. 500 - 750
    Polychrome ceramic
    Height 5 in. Width 5 1/2 in.

    The head is formed by the entire cup, with the detail of low relief features and painted elements focused on the front area. Only the hair of the subject is shown on the rear. Below a head band with three lozenge-shaped elements separated by pairs of small circles an elaborately painted face with wide, staring eyes looks straight forward. A central vertical band passes down the forehead and nose to cross the slightly crooked mouth, ending at the lower edge of the chin. On each cheek rectangles with paired hooked shapes are shown in alternating color schemes. The simple, flange-like ears are painted with three circles on the left and two on the right. The overall condition is good, with minor paint losses. The proper right ear was broken and reattached. A small drill hole is behind the proper left ear.

    Provenance
    Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco: sale 7477E, 8 December 2003, lot 3048, p.17



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    September, 2006
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