Cultures & Traditions


Chongoyape is an archaeological site located near the town of the same name, in the department of Lambayeque, Peru. Some of the oldest examples of metalwork in Peru have been found here. Although Chongoyape is traditionally considered to belong to the Chavín culture, it is closer to Cupisnique style, and is thus often referred to as Chavín-Cupisnique style. Similar to Chavín art, typical Chongoyape iconography includes the representation of mythical beings that combine features of humans, jaguars, harpy eagles, caimans, and serpents.

Adapted from

  • DMA unpublished material [2005.35.McD], 2004.

  • Carol Robbins, "Stirrup-spout vessel (1976.W.56)," in Dallas Museum of Art: A Guide to the Collection, ed. Suzanne Kotz (Dallas, Texas: Dallas Museum of Art, 1997), 168.