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unknown Chancay
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Figurine

ca. 1000 - ca. 1500
Clay

5 3/4 x 3 1/4 x 1 5/8 in. (14.6 x 8.3 x 4.1 cm)
Gift of Ward M. Canaday and Mariam Coffin Canaday, Class of 1906

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 69.1.504
E111 (Canaday No.)
Geography:
South America, Peru
Classification:
Fine and Visual Arts; Sculptures
Culture/Nationality: Chancay
Collection: Ward M. Canaday Collection

Among the most common types Chancay ceramics are anthropomorphic figures known as "cuchimilcos." Often existing in pairs—one male and one female—they stand with arms outstretched. The holes at the top of the head in some examples suggest that they might originally have been adorned with feathers or other materials. Their posture, along with the fact that many were found in tombs, has led to the hypothesis that they were tomb offerings, interred with the deceased perhaps to keep evil spirits away.

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