Art of the Americas - Torito de Pucará, Peru

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Torito de Pucará
Pucará, Peru
Earthenware, slip decoration, glaze
Early to mid 20th century
14.5" (37 cm) high by 15" (38 cm) wide

Ex. Fred and Nancy Roscoe collection, California 

These small bull vessels are often placed on the rooftops of homes to confer protection, fertility, good luck and prosperity on the inhabitants. The applied and painted symbols pre-date the arival of the Spaniards and are seen on nearly all examples. This piece was collected in the 1950s by the Roscoes and is in mint condition.


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