Darkware Vessel

Darkware Vessel


Black ware

Overall: 20 x 10.3 x 16.6 cm (7 7/8 x 4 1/16 x 6 9/16 in.)

The Norweb Collection 1951.181


Did you know?

Chimú potters fired their vessels in a reduced-oxygen atmosphere to achieve a uniform black surface.


Under the Chimú, ceramic seems to have been a less important artistic medium than for earlier north coast cultures. Accordingly, ceramics were mass produced with molds and, rather than bearing painted scenes, often have an overall dark surface achieved by firing in a smoky atmosphere.

See also
AA - Andes
Art of the Americas
Type of artwork: 
Black ware
Credit line: 
The Norweb Collection

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