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Culture:Pre-Columbian; Chimú
Title:Stirrup spout bottle in the form of a crustacean
Date Made:1000–1476; Late Intermediate Period
Type:Container; Ceramic
Materials:burnished clay, blackware
Place Made:South America; Peru; North Coast
Measurements:Overall: 7 13/16 in x 4 1/8 in x 7 5/16 in; 19.8 cm x 10.5 cm x 18.6 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2013.32
Credit Line:Gift of the Finberg family in memory of Donald Finberg (Class of 1953)
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

This glazed tan vessel has a base of a football-shaped sand crab. Details include rib marks on the top and a bumpy side edge. On the top of the crab, there is a circular half dome and pole-like spout.

Label Text:
This bottle may represent the Pacific sand crab (Emerita analoga), an edible crustacean that spends most of its time burrowed in sand in several areas along the Pacific coast of both North and South America.

food; nature; animals; drinks; fish

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