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Manioc Effigy Bottle
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Manioc Effigy Bottle


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Description This elegantly modeled “stirrup spout” vessel is formed into the shape of a manioc root, a potato-like vegetable common in the warm lowlands of Peru that is one of the staple foods of the region. The “stirrup spout” was one of the most common vessel forms in pre-Columbian Peru and the Andean area. A short spout at the top is attached to two tubes which join with the vessel itself. The form is reminiscent of a stirrup for horseback riding, hence the name. The resulting container was beautiful and versatile, since the main vessel could be shaped into many different forms, with a surface that was either carefully polished or highly textured. These vessels were also practical: in the extremely dry deserts of Peru, such a narrow opening prevented evaporation of the liquid held within. The complex shape of the neck also meant that it was easy to carry: two such vessels could be tied to the ends of a cord, to be slung over a person’s shoulder or a llama’s back. Large numbers of vessels like these have been found in burials of elites on the north Coast of Peru beginning about 1800 BCE.
Exhibitions
  • Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas: The John Bourne Collection Gift. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville. 2012-2013.
Provenance Economos Works of Art; purchased by John G. Bourne, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1995; given to Walters Art Museum, 2013.
Credit Gift of John G. Bourne, 2013

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Period
1200-500 BCE (Late Initial-Early Horizon)
Medium
burnished earthenware
(Ceramics)
Accession Number
2009.20.101
Measurements
H: 10 13/16 x W: 5 13/16 x D: 9 in. (27.52 x 14.73 x 22.86 cm)
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Not On View

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