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- Date of production 11th–15th century
- Place of creation Peru
- Dimensions height: 37.9 cm, width: 25.3 cm
- ID no. MAK/AS/P.18
- Object copyright Archaeological Museum in Kraków
- Digital images copyright public domain
- Digitalisation RDW MIC, Małopolska's Virtual Museums project
The object comes from Władysław Kluger’s 1876 Peruvian collection. It is an oval vessel whose upper part (spout) is formed into an anthropomorphic shape.more
The object comes from Władysław Kluger’s 1876 Peruvian collection. It is an oval vessel whose upper part (spout) is formed into an anthropomorphic shape. The ceramic used to fashion the object was naturally red but was covered with white paint. The figure lies on its stomach, its torso resting on the vessel, legs hanging down from the back, hands resting on the belly, while the head is part of the neck. The eyebrows, oval eyes, nose, open mouth and ears, which are additionally decorated with triangular earrings, are rendered in relief. In addition, the vessel features a rich painted decoration made using a dark paint. The eyes, lips, hair and elements of the attire (including the headwear) were painted. The handle is placed on the aft part, joining the head and back of the figure.
The Chancay culture developed in the area of the central coast of Peru and undoubtedly borrowed patterns from the products of the Chimú culture. This ceramic was fired in an oxidising atmosphere, which imparted a red yellow colour to it, and was often painted before being placed in a kiln. Anthropomorphic decoration was the most popular. Usually these were female figures with arms raised towards the head or crossed on the chest, with legs stretched back and a head deformed in shape. Most of the vessels were covered with white paint, on which various zoomorphic and geometric patterns were painted.
Elaborated by Krzysztof Babraj (Archaeological Museum in Kraków), Dominika Majchrzak (Institute of Archaeology UW), © all rights reserved