Museum Collections - Ancient Peru -Chimú - Artifact #2

Blackware bottle - Chimú

WHO: Chimú culture

WHERE: North coast, Peru

WHEN: Late Intermediate Period, A.D. 1000 -1470

WHAT: This Chimú blackware bottle depicts a cat with spotted markings. Felines were important to many Andean cultures, especially jaguars. This vessel may portray a jaguar or perhaps a smaller spotted cat, such as an ocelot or margay. The ceramic artist who made this vessel may never have seen a real cat, as the ears on this one are rather large and round.

HOW: Mould-made earthenware; smoke-fired.

MUSEUM: Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art. G83.1.170

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