Moche Owl Whistle Vase
A Pre-Columbian Moche stirrup spouted whistle vessel in the form of an abstract owl with outstretched wings.
Peru, north coast.
Moche civilization was centered in northern Peru where it flourished from 100 to 800 AD. Moche society was agricultural, with a great deal of effort expended on impressive irrigation works and massive public architecture. The Moche are particularly noted for their achievements in art, especially their elaborately painted ceramics which depicted a wide variety of motifs and scenes from daily life with great skill.
Formerly in a Connecticut private collection.