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Pre-Columbian Chancay Double Vessel

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Pre-Columbian Chancay Double Vessel

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Item Details

  • Width:
    7" Inches
  • Height:
    8" Inches
  • Period:
    Pre-18th Century
  • Origin:
    America
This unique Chancay doucle chambered vessel displays black pigment against a buff and white slip in traditional Chancay fashion. These types of vessels figure prominently in the Chancay artistic oeuvre and have a functional whistle located in the coiffure of the figure. Whistling vessels, such as this one, are comprised of one or more chambers with an upper bridge handle often containing the whistle and, in those with two chambers, a lower pottery tube enables air to flow from one chamber to the other. When the bridge handle contains the actual whistle, the sound is activated by means of an airstream which exits the effigy chamber through a small aperture. These vessels were mostly found in the tombs of Chancay elite and were almost certainly used in spiritual ritual. The figure mounted on the vessel is shown with facial adornments around the eyes and mouth, and an unusual and elaborate coiffure.

The Chancay culture reigned 1200-1470 A.D. in the valleys of Chancay and Chillon on the middle coast of Peru. In the early 15th century the Chimú state conquered parts of the southern Chancay area, and in the year 1450 the Incas occupied both areas. Chancay ceramics are made with a mold, matt-surfaced, and almost without exception white and black.

Circa, 1200-1470 AD
7" wide x 8" high

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