South America, Peru, North Coast, Chimu

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Description

Double Body Vessel with Fish Image
ca. 900 - 1430 CE
Blackware
6 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches
In the absence of a written language, the specific narratives on vessels from the Chimu culture are still a mystery to anthropologists. With that said, they do impart info.


The blackware pot features a fish which makes reference to the important role the sea played in the daily lives of the Chimu. The Humboldt Current which is located off of Peru, supports a rich array of aquatic life that, even then, sustained the Chimu. With such an abundant food source, it is no wonder the Chimu worshipped the ocean and regularly used aquatic life forms for decoration.

Date

ca. 900 - 1430 CE

Creator

South America, Peru, North Coast, Chimu

Source

Gift of Dr. Stephen S. Goodspeed and Mrs. John Goodspeed Ainsworth

Identifier

1966.37.1

Citation

South America, Peru, North Coast, Chimu, “South America, Peru, North Coast, Chimu,” UCSB ADA Museum Omeka, accessed April 21, 2024, http://art-collections.museum.ucsb.edu/items/show/15780.