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A blackware stirrup vessel of a woman, Chimu Culture, Peru, ca. 200 - 800 AD

PP1403

the spouted vessel moulded with a female figure in the upper section, above a typical bulbous lower portion decorated with a frieze of stylized birds.

The earlier Moche tradition, which developed in the same territory, had the greatest artistic influence on Chimú. Moche elements in Chimú pottery include small modeled figures (such as monkeys on the spouts of stirrup spout bottles) and marine elements (such as crabs and Spondylus shells. The interplay between the memories of Moche iconography and the fertility of the Chimú style was an immensely creative one.  With the destruction of the Chimor kingdom at the hands of the Incas in A.D. 1470, Chimú style declined.

Dimensions:  Height: 19.25 cm ( 7.62 inches)

Condition:   Intact and in very good condition overall.

Provenance: Private Californian collection, acquired from the trade in the mid 1960's and then by descent.


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