University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: 26747
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: Peru
Beneath The Temple
Culture Area: Andean
Locus: found wrapped in mummy bale
Height: 13.3cm
Width: 8.5cm
Depth: 7.4cm
Thickness: 0.32cm
Credit Line:William Pepper Peruvian Expedition; Max Uhle, subscription of Phebe A. Hearst, 1897
Other Number3252 - Field No SF


Small, fine, in shape of flute player

Face-neck vessel. Narrow-necked jar/bottle with an effigy-anthropomorphic body, effigy-anthropomorphic neck, rounded rim, 2 effigy-zoomorphic handles extending from the neck to the body, and a flat base. The vessel is in the form of a flute player with two monkeys on his shoulder. The body is shaped like a melon constricted at the center with six lobes. The flute player holds panpipes to his mouth and there is a bright red pigment present on the pipe and over the face. The vessel is painted in Tihuanaco style in red, black, white, orange, and gray. There is an animal design painted on the upper body and a repeated face with crown on the lobes of the bottom section. 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 bright red pigment may be cinnabar. Uhle's monograph mentions that the face of the ceramic is painted red like the faces of mummies. 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: "3252."

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