Stirrup-spout vessel

900–200 BCE
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General Description

The ceramics most closely associated with the Chavín style are monochromatic vessels with textured surfaces. Vessels of similar style have been found in the Chongoyape vicinity of the Lambayeque Valley as well as in the Jequetepeque and Zano valleys. Ceramics with various Chavín-related features were apparently widely traded, making attribution on the basis of style difficult. As seen in this example, punctuation, rough surface texture, and a thick spout are traits of the Chongoyape style. Contrasting surface textures are also quintessentially Chavín. On this vessel, four small, circular bosses project from the surface, and both the spout and bosses are highly burnished.

Adapted from

  • Label text [1976.W.56], A. H. Meadows Galleries.

  • DMA unpublished material.

Fun Facts

  • In his 1976 report, Junius B. Bird, curator emeritus of South American archaeology at the American Museum of Natural History, notes: "***M120. Spherical body with 4 knobs on stippled surface. Chongayape style spout."