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Effigy Vessel

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Object Number:
26900
Current Location:
Collections storage
Provenience:
Peru
Pachacamac
Gravefield I
Culture Area:
Andean
Section:
American
Materials:
Ceramic
Clay
Pigment
Iconography:
Seated Figure
Description:
Painted representing a seated figure; bottom missing. Bulging neck of vessel rises above head of figure.

Wide mouthed vessel with an effigy-anthropomorphic body, bulging collar, rounded rim, no handles, and a flat base. The vessel is shaped like a seated human figure with hands bound behind his back. The figure has arms, legs, ears, nose, eyes, and mouth. The vessel is painted delineating the features of the figure and with geometric patterns on the neck and body in black, white, red, and brown?. There appears to be a burnished finish on the exterior and a smoothed finish on the interior. The vessel was likely fired in an oxidizing atmosphere as the ceramic paste is orange and gray in color. Fireclouding is present on the base. The bottom of the vessel appears dark gray and porous, possibly from overfiring. The catalogue number is written on the interior of the base. Black ink on the interior of the base reads: "1795."
Height:
19.9cm
Width:
16.1cm
Depth:
17.3cm
Thickness:
0.53cm
Credit Line:
William Pepper Peruvian Expedition; Max Uhle, subscription of Phebe A. Hearst
Other Number:
1795   -   Field No SF

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