From: Peru

Curatorial Section: American

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Object Number 2020-9-1
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Inca
Provenience Peru
Culture Area Andean
Period Late Horizon
Date Made 1400 - 1530 CE
Section American
Materials Ceramic

The small bottle form or drinking cup represents a rather rare vessel form in Inca style. Anthropomorphic depiction in Inca artwork is rare and this representation is based on a longer and earlier tradition of expressive “portrait vessels” depicting actual individuals in Moche culture (preceding the Incas by 500 or more years). This vessel shows later prehistoric male hair style (bangs on forehead) and facial painting. The vessel was probably used to serve maize beer. The hole in the “chin” shows evidence that a tubular spout (now missing) extended from the vessel and may have been used as a “pacha” vessel for ceremonial drinking of Andean maize beer.

Height 19 cm
Length 15 cm
Width 13 cm
Credit Line Gift of Barbara Freire, 2020

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