University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: 26746
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: Peru
Pachacamac
Gravefield I, Oldest Part
Culture Area: Andean
Locus: A very deep grave
Section:American
Materials:Ceramic
Iconography:Mountain Cat
Height: 20.3cm
Length: 20.3cm
Width: 14.2cm
Thickness: 0.5cm
Credit Line:William Pepper Peruvian Expedition; Max Uhle, subscription of Phebe A. Hearst, 1897
Other Number970 - Field No SF

Description

Shape of mountain cat, nearly cylindrical neck rising from back of cat which stands upon 4 legs. The forelegs are also painted on the jar as are 2 tails suggesting that skins are intended, not the real cat

Narrow-necked jar/bottle with an effigy-zoomorphic body, cylindrical neck, rounded rim, no handles, and a footed base. No molded/modeled additions. the vessel is shaped like a jaguar. The vessel is shaped like a jaguar with a red and white slip and detailed painted decoration. The felid figure is painted white with half circles all over painted in black. The neck is red with a band of geometric design in white, red, and black. The details of the face, including the eyes, nose, and mouth, are painted on. 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 in color. The catalogue number is written on the object in black ink on the bottom of the base. Black ink on the bottom of the base reads: "970."


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