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Culture:Pre-Columbian; Lambayeque or Chimú (Sicán)
Title:Double-chambered whistling vessel in the form of a diety and spondylus shell
Date Made:1000–1532
Materials:clay, slip
Place Made:South America; Peru; North Coast
Measurements:Overall: 7 7/16 in x 6 7/8 in; 18.9 cm x 17.5 cm
Accession Number:  AC 1993.23
Credit Line:Gift of Donald Finberg (Class of 1953)
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Label Text:
This vessel depicts a corn deity on the front chamber and a spondylus (Spondylus princeps) shell on the back chamber. Spondylus was an important trade item originating from the warmer waters of Panama to northern Peru and was in use throughout the ancient Andes as a ritual offering and burial good.

utensils; tools; decoration and ornament; indigenous people

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