Human-form Jar

Human-form Jar

A.D. 1100-1400
Locale
Peru, central coast
Country
Peru
Style/Tradition
Chancay
jar
Earthenware with colored slips
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Otto Karl Bach
1967.107
. Human-form Jar. A.D. 1100-1400. Earthenware with colored slips. Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Otto Karl Bach. 1967.107.
Dimensions
height: 19 in, 48.2600 cm; width: 11 in, 27.9400 cm
Department
Mayer Center, Art of the Ancient Americas
Collection
Art of the Ancient Americas

Human-form Jar
Chancay
About A.D. 1100–1400
Peru, central coast
Earthenware with colored slips
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Otto Karl Bach, 1967.107

Chancay ceramics, from Peru’s central coast, are usually covered with white slip, then decorated with brown linear patterns.  Many large jars take the form of a seated man holding a small cup.  His face is decoratively painted, and he wears a headdress, necklace, and ear spools.  Testing of residues inside some of these jars reveal that they held corn-beer, known as chicha.  Chicha, which is both nutritious and intoxicating, was essential to the success of both festive and ceremonial occasions.  The slightly lopsided smile on the figure’s face suggests appreciation of the brew.