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unknown Chimú

Double Spout and Bridge Bottle

Late Intermediate Period
ca. 1000 - 1450 CE

7 1/4 x 6 3/4 x 4 5/8 in. (18.4 x 17.1 x 11.7 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: D.330
Other Number(s): CHI.330 (Canaday No.)
Geography: South America, Peru
Classification: Containers and Vessels; Vessels; Bottles
Culture/Nationality: Chimú
Description: Designs of Chimú vessels reflect the region’s arid climate, minimizing spillage and evaporation. Vessels with two spouts connected by a bridge were very common.

Very few Chimú vessels were painted; more commonly, seals or stamps were pressed into the clay for decoration. This example displays a stamped design of a frequently represented deity known as the Staff God, whose significance is unknown.

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  • clay - Naturally occurring sediments that are produced by chemical actions resulting during the weathering of rocks. Clays are composed of hydrated aluminum silicates, such as Kaolinite, Illite, Palygorskite, Attapulgite, Bentonite, and Montmorillonite. Small amounts of other minerals can change the color (white, yellow, brown or red) and texture of the clays. Clays may include all earths that form a paste with water and harden when heated.
  • Late Intermediate Period - The sixth of the seven main chronological phases recognized in Andean archaeology, generally dating ca. 1000-1450 CE, following the collapse of Middle Horizon empires, including Tiahuanaco and Huari. During this time distinctive regional cultures emerged along the coast and in highland areas, including the Chimú empire. The political entities that developed during the late Intermediate Period were subsequently conquered by the Inca empire.
  • Peruvian - Of or belonging to the nation of Peru or its people.

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Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
  • Traces of Greatness: Selections from the Pre-Columbian Collection Bryn Mawr College , Jun 30, 2014 – Sep 11, 2014

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