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Effigy Bottle

Object Number:26745
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Coastal Huari
Provenience: Peru
Gravefield I, Oldest Part
Culture Area: Andean
Date Made: 600-800 CE
Early Date: 600
Late Date: 800
Iconography:Mountain Cat
Height: 21 cm
Length: 20.8 cm
Width: 14.5 cm
Thickness: 0.57 cm
Credit Line:William Pepper Peruvian Expedition; Max Uhle, subscription of Phebe A. Hearst, 1897


shape of a mountain cat. The painting represents 2 jaguar skins stretched from the modeled head 1 along each side, with cording at back; 2 stylized birds on each shoulder. Rear proper left leg missing

Narrow-necked jar/bottle with an effigy-zoomorphic body, cylindrical neck, rounded rim, no handles, and a footed base. The vessel is shaped like a jaguar with a hollow head and four legs. The vessel is painted delineating the features of the jaguar in white, black, red, and orange. There are two painted birds towards the front of the body. 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. Black ink on the bottom reads: "955."

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Birds and Beasts of Ancient Latin America (07 Oct 1995 - 31 Dec 1995) View Objects in Exhibition
South American Gallery (1955 - 1994) View Objects in Exhibition


[Book] Dorling Kindersley Limited. 2014. History of the World in 1,000 Objects.. London. Dorling Kindersley Limited. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Page 191 Middle row, centerView Objects related to this Actual Citation

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