Vessel with Reclining Dog

1470–1532
Overall: 16.5 x 17.8 x 10 cm (6 1/2 x 7 x 3 15/16 in.)
Location: 232 Andean
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This vessel represents a Peruvian hairless dog who has recently given birth.

Description

This vessel represents a Peruvian hairless dog who has recently given birth and seems to be taking a break from maternal obligations. The meanings of such dogs may be connected to the trade networks that brought them to Peru from Mexico in the late pre-Hispanic period. Perhaps these foreign ties made them prestige animals whose breeding engendered further status for the owner.
Vessel with Reclining Dog

Vessel with Reclining Dog

1470–1532

Central Andes, North Coast, Chimú-Inka style

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