Containers and Vessels; Vessels; Bottles
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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- 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.
- Of or belonging to the nation of Peru or its people.
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This object was included in the following exhibitions:
Traces of Greatness: Selections from the Pre-Columbian Collection
Bryn Mawr College
, 6/30/2014 - 9/11/2014
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