The Chimú civilization was a pre-Columbian culture which flourished in the northern coast of Peru from about 1400 AD. Local animals provided motifs for Chimú pottery; these vessels were shaped in sections from molds, from which multiples could be made. Stirrup spouts were then attached to the body. To make the vessel water tight, the clay was allowed to partially air-dry then was burnished by rubbing a smooth rock over the surface before firing. The Chimú vessels were a revival of those made during the earlier Peruvian Moche culture (see 1962-202-1).
It is credited
Museum purchase through gift of Charles W. Gould.
Its dimensions are
H x W x D: 23 x 13 x 22.3cm (9 1/16 x 5 1/8 x 8 3/4in.)
Cite this object as
Vessel, 1300–1400; molded and burnished earthenware; H x W x D: 23 x 13 x 22.3cm (9 1/16 x 5 1/8 x 8 3/4in.); Museum purchase through gift of Charles W. Gould; 1962-219-2
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Ellen DeGeneres Selects.