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unknown Chancay

Jar Depicting an Owl

Possibly Middle Horizon
Possibly ca. 600 - ca. 1000

5 x 3 3/4 x 5 3/4 in. (12.7 x 9.5 x 14.6 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 69.1.510
Other Number(s): D408 (Canaday No.)
Geography: South America, Peru
Classification: Containers and Vessels; Vessels; Jars
Culture/Nationality: Chancay
Collection: Ward M. Canaday Collection

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  • Animalia - Kingdom containing multicellular organisms having cells bound by a plasma membrane and organized into tissue and specialized tissue systems that permit them to either move about in search of food or to draw food toward themselves. Unable to make their own food within themselves, as photosynthetic plants do, they rely on consuming preformed food. They possess a nervous system with sensory and motor nerves, enabling them to receive environmental stimuli and to respond with specialized movements.
  • Chancay
  • Peruvian - Of or belonging to the nation of Peru or its people.
  • Strigiformes - Order containing around 180 species in two families of nocturnal raptorial birds with hooked beaks, strong talons, and soft plumage. All owls have the same general appearance, which is characterized by a flat face, small hooked beak, short tail, round wings, and large, forward-facing eyes. The bird became associated with Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom and also owls became symbolic of intelligence because it was thought that they could forsee events. Also, because of their nocturnal existence and hooting sounds, owls have also been symbols associated with the occult. In the Middle Ages, the owl became a symbol of the darkness before the coming of Christ.

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Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
  • Mass Production of Art in Pre-Columbian Cultures: Moldmade Peruvian Pottery from the Bryn Mawr College Collection Laura E. Smith , Aug 31, 1998 – Nov 24, 1998

Comparanda List
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
  • "Museo Larco Online Catalogue." (Accessed June 3, 2020): Accession No.: ML010269.

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