Double-chambered effigy jar
Late Intermediate Period
Object Place: Perú, North Coast
22 x 15 x 23.7 cm (8 11/16 x 5 7/8 x 9 5/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Earthenware: black slip paint
Not On View
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.
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.
Gift of Professor Emeritus F. H. Norton and the Department of Metallurgy and Materials Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology