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Dish with Handle in the Form of a Bird

Artist Culture
Inka
Period
Late Horizon period, 1476–1534
Date
1476–1534
Material
Ceramic with pigment
Made in
Perú, South America
Classification
Ceramics
Current Location
On View, Gallery 111
Dimensions
2 3/4 in. (7 cm)
diameter of bowl with effigy head: 9 5/16 in. (23.7 cm)
diameter of bowl only: 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. John R. Green
Rights
Public Domain
Object Number
64:1959
NOTES
The neck and head of a bird forms the handle of this dish, with two nodes on the opposite side representing the tail feathers. Inka dishes often have handles that are anthropomorphic or zoomorphic in design. The gently curving interior is painted with a wide muted yellow band and a dark red center. A fish with a curving body and multiple fins adorns the central portion of the dish; the spots and prominent whiskers suggest it may represent a catfish. Inhabiting the muddy bottoms of lakes and rivers, catfish were an important food source to the Inka. Animal remains recovered during archaeological investigations attest to the maritime riches of the Peruvian coast.
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