University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Native NameUrpu
Object Number: 31017
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: Peru
Sun Temple
Culture Area: Andean
Locus: First terrace, southern front
Date Made: 1476-1550 Ad
Early Date: 1476
Late Date: 1550
Height: 34.4cm
Width: 27.2cm
Thickness: 0.76cm
Outside Diameter:22.3cm
Credit Line:William Pepper Peruvian Expedition; Max Uhle, subscription of Phebe A. Hearst, 1897


Beer Vessel, with rhomboid pattern

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 with a geometric design 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. Evidence of usewear includes residue/accretions on the interior. The catalogue number is written on the bottom of the base and interior of neck. Black ink on the bottom of the base reads: "2313."

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