Flask

Chancay
Late Intermediate Period
A.D. 800–1550


Object Place: Perú, Central Coast

Dimensions

23.5 x 17.8 x 11.2 cm (9 1/4 x 7 x 4 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

1987.639

Medium or Technique

Earthenware: brown and cream slip paint

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Earthenware

Flask-shaped jar with tall vertical neck and two strap handles extending from the lower part of the neck to the flask’s upper shoulder. The neck is painted with a diagonal stripe of brown on cream slip. The front and back of the flask are decorated with a cream-slipped rectangular panel painted with a textile-like geometric design in brown slip. Four vertical bands of zigzag motifs decorate the two sides of the flask, extending from the neck to the bottom of the vessel. The red color surrounding the rectangular panels is created by the unslipped surface of the (red) clay body.

Provenance

To Josiah and Charlotte Fisher, received as a gift in Peru in 1961; to MFA, December 1987, gift of Josiah and Charlotte Fisher.

Credit Line

Gift of Josiah H. V. and Charlotte P. Fisher