Description The Peruvian Pelican, one of the largest seabirds of the region, is shown in a life-like manner on the top of the vessel. By contrast, the base is covered with abstract spiraling motifs that may evoke water and land, both of which provided a home for the pelican. Using a simple palette of red, white, and black, the potter was able to create a sense of animation, which would have been heightened when the whistle was blown, perhaps imitating the call of the pelican.
|2/07/2018||Examination||examined for exhibition|
Provenance [Dr. Ernest Lira, Houston and Denver (?), or Dr. Peter Almendariz, Denver (?), or M. Brenner, Geneva (?)]; Paul Shepard, Tucson, Arizona [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Economos Works of Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Private collection, 1988, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 2009, by gift.
Credit Anonymous gift, 2009
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