Effigy Vessel


From: Peru | Northwest of the Town | Pachacamac

Curatorial Section: American

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Object Number 31823
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Chimu
Provenience Peru | Northwest of the Town | Pachacamac
Culture Area Andean
Section American
Materials Ceramic
Iconography Human Head | Bird

Black double vessel. Two compressed flasks, one surmounted by a human head, the other with cylindrical neck. Stylized birds and snaked (stepped frets) on pebbled fields

Narrow necked whistling vessel with a double-chambered effigy-anthropomorphic body, cylindrical neck, inward sloping rim, 1 bridge handle extending from the neck to the body, and a flat base. The double-chambered body has a design in relief from the mold, including a raised dot and geometric pattern. One of the chambers is human shaped with helmet, face, necklace, and arms. There appears to be a burnished finish on the exterior. The vessel was likely fired in a reducing atmosphere as the surface is black and the interior is gray in color. There is a hole at the join of the bridge handle to the human shaped chamber, possibly for a whistle?. The catalogue number is written on the object in black ink. Black ink on the bottom of the base reads: "2786."

Height 18.5 cm
Length 18.3 cm
Width 12.4 cm
Thickness 0.3 cm
Credit Line William Pepper Peruvian Expedition; Max Uhle, subscription of Phebe A. Hearst, 1897
Other Number 2786 - Field No SF | F24 - Other Number

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