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Blackware stingray vessel

Description: The Chimú, coastal peoples of ancient Peru often represented sea imagery in their art and everyday objects. This vessel represents a sting ray. The Chimú created ceramic vessels from molds, enabling them to make mass amounts of them quickly. Their (as well as their predecessor's) vessels are known for their characteristic stirrup-shaped spouts. The Chimú were unique in that they typically added small animals, including birds and monkeys, to the spouts of their vessels. If you look closely, you can see both animals on this vessel. Chimú culture existed on the desert coast of northern Peru from around 1200-1460 AD, until it was absorbed into the Incan Empire.
Collection: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Copyright: This file is licensed under a CC BY-SA 3.0 license by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.
Geography: Peru
Subjects: Peru
Peru -- Antiquities
Chimu indians
Storage jars
Indians of South America
Indians of South America -- Social life and customs

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