Vessel with Human Figures

Vessel with Human Figures

A.D. 100-700
Culture
Recuay
Locale
Peru, northern highlands
Country
Peru
vessel
Earthenware with colored slips and resist decoration
Gift of Rose Kushei
1961.87
. Vessel with Human Figures. A.D. 100-700. Earthenware with colored slips and resist decoration. Gift of Rose Kushei. 1961.87.
This object is currently on view
Dimensions
height: 8.25 in, 20.9550 cm; width: 7 in, 17.7800 cm
Department
Mayer Center, Art of the Ancient Americas
Collection
Art of the Ancient Americas

Vessel with Human Figures
Recuay
About A.D. 100–700
Peru, northern highlands
Earthenware with colored slips
Gift of Rose Kushei, 1961.87

Recuay culture arose in the upper reaches of Peru’s north coast river valleys and the adjacent highlands. Usually manufactured with fine white clay, Recuay vessels were painted with red, orange and black slip. Additional patterns were created after firing by painting with a resist material, then smoking over a fire. Fancy Recuay vessels were often modeled in the form of animals or people, or as multifigural scenes. This bottle depicts an event centered on a male figure whose importance is signaled by his frontal pose, scepter, patterned tunic, elaborate headgear, and jewelry. He is flanked on either side by cup-bearing female attendants. Another male figure serves as the vessel’s spout. The geometric painted patterns below the figures probably represent the decorated walls of the structure in which the scene occurs.

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