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Effigy Vessel

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Object Number:
31823
Current Location:
Collections storage
Culture:
Chimu
Provenience:
Peru
Northwest of the Town
Pachacamac
Culture Area:
Andean
Section:
American
Materials:
Ceramic
Iconography:
Human Head
Bird
Description:
Black double vessel. Two compressed flasks, one surmounted by a human head, the other with cylindrical neck. Stylized birds and snaked (stepped frets) on pebbled fields

Narrow necked whistling vessel with a double-chambered effigy-anthropomorphic body, cylindrical neck, inward sloping rim, 1 bridge handle extending from the neck to the body, and a flat base. The double-chambered body has a design in relief from the mold, including a raised dot and geometric pattern. One of the chambers is human shaped with helmet, face, necklace, and arms. There appears to be a burnished finish on the exterior. The vessel was likely fired in a reducing atmosphere as the surface is black and the interior is gray in color. There is a hole at the join of the bridge handle to the human shaped chamber, possibly for a whistle?. The catalogue number is written on the object in black ink. Black ink on the bottom of the base reads: "2786."
Height:
18.5cm
Length:
18.3cm
Width:
12.4cm
Thickness:
0.3cm
Credit Line:
William Pepper Peruvian Expedition; Max Uhle, subscription of Phebe A. Hearst
Other Number:
2786   -   Field No SF
F24   -   Other Number

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