Late Intermediate Period
Object Place: Perú, North Coast
23.2 x 18 cm (9 1/8 x 7 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Stirrup-spouted, mold-made jar embellished with a modeled frog at the base of each side of the stirrup-spout, and ten long-beaked birds (perhaps ducks) decorate the side of the “stirrup.” A small monkey sits on its haunches at the base of the vertical spout. The black surface color was created by a reduction firing.
The stirrup-spout vessel is a unique Andean form well-adapted to its function and the dry climate. Liquids would not quickly evaporate nor easily spill from these bottles, often pictured being carried by warriors, runners and performers. As bottles for pouring blood or other liquid offerings during religious ceremonies, the tightly constricted spout requires only a small amount of fluid to achieve the full ritual effect.
According to a note in the file: from Santa, Peru; Mrs. C. A. Cummings by July 1910; to MFA, July 1910, gift of Mrs. C. A. Cummings.
Gift of Mrs. Charles Amos Cummings