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Chimu (Peru)

Snarling Feline Effigy Bottle

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Object Details

Culture

Chimu (Peru)
Late Intermediate Period

Date

ca. 1300-1470

Medium

Blackware

Dimensions

Height: 6 1/2 inches (16.5 cm)

Credit Line

Transfer from the Sociology – Anthropology Department. Spring 1956.

Object
Number

56.172

This Chimú animal head effigy bottle is made of burnished blackware. The full face on the front of (…)

This Chimú animal head effigy bottle is made of burnished blackware. The full face on the front of the mold-made vessel body is that of a snarling feline with whiskers, round nose, open mouth showing teeth, and small rounded ears. A ribbon handle curves from the vessel shoulder to the base of the flared spout. Cats of all sorts are common motifs on Peruvian ceramics from all time periods; the snarling feline is a symbol of power and prestige.

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