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Lot 415: PIPE VESSEL WITH ANIMALS IN MYTHICAL “MARRIAGE“
19 November 2016
Vienna, Vienna, AustriaLive Auction
Fired clay. Pre-Columbian America, Lambayeque, approx. 1000 to 1200
Slanted, flared foot with geometric relief, lower and upper vessel halves are also diagonal and slightly bowed; the pipe barrel stands out on an accentuated slant. From here a curved handle leads to the head of each animal. The two perform a so-called mythical "marriage" - the animal with the broadly flat head is a frog, the one on top is a so-called "moon animal". Beautiful black-grey, brownish with mottling corresponding to age, good preservation.
HEIGHT 17,3 CM, LENGTH 18 CM
Former collection of Dr. Gottfried Eysank of Marienfels, Bad Schönau, Lower Austria, acquired prior to 1970
Similar figures in coitus are illustrated in "Women in Old America“, Arte America Verlag, 2001 on page 60