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Chimu (Peru)

Stirrup-spout bottle

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Object Details

Culture

Chimu (Peru)
Late Intermediate Period

Date

ca. 1300-1470

Medium

Blackware

Dimensions

10 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches (26 x 13.3 cm)

Credit Line

Transfer from the Sociology – Anthropology Department. Spring 1956.

Object
Number

56.163

This Chimú burnished blackware stirrup-spout bottle has a mold-pressed decoration on the vessel bod(…)

This Chimú burnished blackware stirrup-spout bottle has a mold-pressed decoration on the vessel body consisting of a round circle of dots surrounding a zoomorphic motif. The creature appears to be a fox, surmounted by the crescent-shaped headdress which served as an indicator of high status in both the Sicán and Chimú cultures of the Peruvian north coast. Foxes (Dusicyon culpaeus) are small predators, still found in the Andes. They are often associated with agriculture. During Inca times, fox-skin headdresses were worn by people guarding the agricultural fields.

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