Vintage Peruvian Pottery Bull, Terra Cotta Torito De Pucara
This wonderful vintage terra cotta bull is a traditional folk art of Peru, the torito de Pucara, or little bull ...
moreThis wonderful vintage terra cotta bull is a traditional folk art of Peru, the torito de Pucara, or little bull of Pucara (a village in southern Peru). The handmade pottery figurine or statue is also a pitcher, to be filled with corn beer or, in times past, ceremonial liquids (though it's meant to be decorative). The bull is white to symbolize purity and protection. These bulls are found on rooftops across southern Peru to bring good luck, fertility, and prosperity.
The white bull has been hand painted in designs of brown (or rust) and glazed green. He has googly eyes and a tongue that licks up above his nostrils. His mouth is open, as a spout, and on his back is a small hole for filling it and a handle. A green tail curls across his rump.
This bull was purchased in Peru in the 1980s. It's in good condition, with some surface wear on the painting and three chips: one on his green forelock (next to the left eye) and two on his left front hoof. (Note that one chip on his hoof has been painted over, so it occurred while this was being made; not sure about the others, but they're much smaller.) less
- 7.5ʺW × 3.25ʺD × 7ʺH
- Terra Cotta
- Condition Notes
- Good - Moderate wear and tear, but still has good years left Good - Moderate wear and tear, but still has good years left less
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