Double-chambered vessel: bird on a blind spout

CULTURE:
Inca (Inka) provincial
DATE:
1476–1534
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General Description

This vessel reflects the influence of Inca imperial expansion on coastal ceramic styles. The double-chambered vessel form with a false spout became common throughout the Inca Empire, with the impressed design and paint palette here suggestive of a coastal style.

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: "Inca Contemporary. 16/1898 Ceramic, double chamber whistling jar with square bridge handle. Decorated with long-tongued monkeys. Colors, red, black and white. Condition perfect. Bears other numbers 34, 7827/21, 18, L44453. Originally in the collection of the Museum of the American Indian, deaccessioned by George Heye for exchange or sale."