Vessel with Reclining Figure and Birds

2200–200 BCE
Location: 232 Andean
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The stirrup-shaped form of the spout is common among Peruvian ceramics and unique to the ancient Americas.


This ceramic vessel features a supine human being pecked by two birds that perch on the vessel’s doughnut-shaped chamber. The identity of the apparently mythical creature modeled in low relief on the sides of the stirrup-shaped spout is unknown. Little can be said about meaning beyond pointing out an obvious reference to death.
Vessel with Reclining Figure and Birds

Vessel with Reclining Figure and Birds

2200–200 BCE

Andes, north coast, Cupisnique style

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