Figurineca. 1000 - ca. 1500
5 3/4 x 3 1/4 x 1 5/8 in. (14.6 x 8.3 x 4.1 cm)
Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 69.1.504
Other Number(s): E111 (Canaday No.)
Geography: South America, Peru
Classification: Fine and Visual Arts; Sculptures
Collection: Ward M. Canaday Collection
Description: 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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Exhibition ListThis 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
- A Curious Group; a cabinet of curiosities Bryn Mawr College , Apr 4, 2014 – Jun 30, 2014
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and Nathanael Roesch.
A Curious Group.
Bryn Mawr College.
Bryn Mawr, PA, April 4–June 1, 2014
Figure Number: China Cabinet 20
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