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Moche (Peru)

Dipper

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Object Details

Culture

Moche (Peru)
Early Intermediate Period

Date

100-600 AD

Medium

Redware

Dimensions

Height: 4 inches (10.2 cm)
Diameter: 6 1/2 inches (16.5 cm)

Credit Line

Transfer from the Sociology – Anthropology Department. Spring 1956.

Object
Number

56.143

This Moche ceramic vessel is in the characteristic shape called a dipper. Dippers were frequently us(…)

This Moche ceramic vessel is in the characteristic shape called a dipper. Dippers were frequently used as funerary offerings and are also depicted as one of the key items being carried on some human effigy vessels (along with mats, flared drinking cups, and stirrup-spout vessels). Dippers echo the shape of squashes and gourds which were also used as containers. This dipper has a rounded, curved hollow handle set off to one side of the shallow, rounded vessel body. The vessel has a rounded base and curves gently to the small opening at the top. It is undecorated except for a red slip finish, and has been broken and repaired, although some pieces are missing.

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