Double-chambered effigy jar

Chimú
Late Intermediate Period
A.D. 1370–1470


Object Place: Perú, North Coast

Dimensions

22 x 15 x 23.7 cm (8 11/16 x 5 7/8 x 9 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

1971.495

Medium or Technique

Earthenware: black slip paint

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Earthenware

Double-chambered, mold-made jar with human effigy figure on the front chamber. The figure wears a double-pointed cap and cradles an unidentified object underneath his/her right arm. The outward face of each chamber is embellished with three stylized fish contained within a semi-circular field filled with small dots, which likely represents a body of water. A tiny hole behind the figure’s head served to create a whistling sound when air was blown into the vessel or liquid poured from it. The black surface color was produced by a reduction firing, although a black slip may also have been applied prior to the firing.

Provenance

Collection of F.H. Norton, Massachusetts, by 1971; to MFA, November 1971, gift of F. H. Norton and the Dept. of Metallurgy and Materials Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Credit Line

Gift of Professor Emeritus F. H. Norton and the Department of Metallurgy and Materials Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology