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Effigy Bottle

Object Number:26736
Current Location: Collections Storage
Wari (Culture)
Provenience: Peru
Huacho (uncertain)
Culture Area: Andean
Locus: Purchased at Lima
Period: Middle Horizon
Date Made: 600-800 AD
Early Date: 600
Late Date: 800
Iconography:Cat Head
Height: 14.7 cm
Length: 12.5 cm
Width: 17.8 cm
Thickness: 0.39 cm
Credit Line:William Pepper Peruvian Expedition; Max Uhle, subscription of Phebe A. Hearst, 1897
Other Number:490 - Field No SF


Double spout and bridge. Head of puma or jaguar. Tear bands coming out of eyes.

Double-spouted jug with an effigy-zoomorphic body, tapered neck, rounded rim, 1 bridge handle extending from spout to spout, and a flat base. No molded/modeled additions. The body is shaped like a felid head (jaguar or puma). The vessel is shaped like a jaguar head with two spouts where the ears would be. The vessel is painted with the features of the jaguar over a red painted body and brown painted spouts and handle. 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. There are brush marks visible in some areas. The catalogue number is written on the bottom of the base and black ink on the bottom of the base reads: "490."

Current & Past Exhibitions:

South American Gallery (1955 - 1994) View Objects in Exhibition

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