An impressive black Chimú aryballos. Attractive and well-defined. Each squarish quadrant has embossed stylistic birds incorporated on the upper half with tiny raised dot elements in the contrasting background. Traditional pointed bottom, side loop handles, and a simple center lug. These vessels were molded, and quality diminished with production. These vessel impressions are sharp and of higher caliber, suggesting first casts and ceremonial use. To achieve this shiny black finish, firing at a high temperature in a closed kiln was used along with stone burnishing.
Peru. Ca 15th century. Measures 8″/20.32cm, respectively
As with all ceramics from these periods, they met two functions: simple daily domestic use with less finishing and ceremonial vessels with higher aesthetic commitment.
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