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Single-spouted bottle

Late Intermediate Period

Object Place: Central Coast, Peru

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Earthenware with slip paint

Not On View



Double-chambered bottle with whistle at the base of the vertical spout. A wide strap handle bridges the tall, thin spout atop one of the bottle’s chambers and the figure of a standing male atop the other. This type of ceremonial vessel is a common Chancay pottery form. Most feature anthropomorphic male figures wearing elaborate head gear and sometimes carrying staffs or other ritual objects. The figure on this bottle stands with legs apart and arms akimbo with hands on his hips. His hair/headdress features two conical forms at each side of his head.

The chambers on this type of Chancay bottle typically are decorated with geometric designs which reference the natural environment (such as vegetation or water), the fiber arts, and symbolic concepts. This example’s motifs recall water designs as well as popular patterns for fabrics’ woven decorative borders.


Between the late 1940s and 1972, acquired in New York by Felrath Hines (b. 1913 – d. 1993), New York and Silver Spring, MD [see note]; 1993, by inheritance to his widow, Dorothy C. Fisher, Silver Spring, MD and Brookline, MA; gift of Dorothy C. Fisher to her daughter, Charlotte Sanford Mason, Brookline; 2017, gift of Charlotte Sanford Mason to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 21, 2017)

NOTE: Artist and conservator Felrath Hines very probably acquired the vessel while he was living in New York, from the late 1940s until 1972, before he moved to Washington, DC.

Credit Line

Gift of Charlotte Sandford Mason