Jar with handles (urpu): sea life

Chimú-Inca (Inka)
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General Description

This vessel reflects the influence of Inca imperial expansion on coastal ceramic styles. This Late Horizon (1400-1532 CE) Chimú blackware vessel exhibits the distinctive features of a common Inca vessel form, the urpu. These features include the long, constricted neck, wide body, and flat base.

Adapted from

Kimberly L. Jones, PhD, Inca: Conquests of the Andes / Los Incas y las conquistas de los Andes, Label text [1976.W.228; S.1970.1; 1987.376; 1989.W.235; 2003.28], 2015.

Fun Facts

  • In his 1976 report, Junius B. Bird, curator emeritus of South American archaeology at the American Museum of Natural History, notes: "Chimu - Late Intermediate Period. *No number. Arabaloid form, low relief fish and birds; 2 loop hands."