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Bottle

Object Number:31019
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Inca
Provenience: Peru
Sun Temple
Pachacamac
Culture Area: Andean
Locus: First terrace, southern front
Date Made: 1350-1500
Early Date: 1350
Late Date: 1500
Section:American
Materials:Ceramic
Clay
Pigment
Technique:Polychrome
Iconography:Cat Head
Height: 24.1 cm
Width: 20.9 cm
Thickness: 0.6 cm
Outside Diameter:16.3 cm
Credit Line:William Pepper Peruvian Expedition; Max Uhle, subscription of Phebe A. Hearst, 1897

Description

Incasic, with considerable zig-zag and other design painting in white, red, and black (or brown); cat head

Narrow-necked jar/bottle (arĂ­balo, aryballos) with an ovate body, hyperboloid neck, flared rim with lugs, 2 strap handles on the body, and a conical (aribaloid) base. The vessel has a stylized animal head in relief on the shoulder. The vessel is painted white with a geometric design on one side of the body in red, brown, and white. There appears to be a burnished finish on the exterior. The vessel was likely fired in an oxidizing atmosphere as the ceramic paste is orange in color. The catalogue number is written on the bottom of the base and black ink on the bottom of the base reads: "2315."

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