Ceramic with pigment applied after firing
Overall: 27.6 x 14.9 x 19.2 cm (10 7/8 x 5 7/8 x 7 9/16 in.)
Weight: 900 g (1.98 lbs.)
Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2009.82
The Tembladera style is one of several very early styles that developed on the northern desert coast of Peru.
This is a stirrup-spouted vessel shaped as the effigy of a deity head with bulging, circular eyes from which hang pendants. A fanged, bandlike mouth is arranged horizontally on top of a projecting chin that is tipped with a three-dimensional, zoomorphic head. A chin strap reaches between two modeled knobs that double as ear ornaments, and the underpart of the chin is ornamented with chevrons. The face is painted red, yellow, and white over the burnished gray-black surface of the ceramic.
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