Joined at the side by a ring of clay, these connected vessels are nearly identical—only the small monkey figure curving over the closed second spout sets them apart visually. Peruvian double-chambered vessels were never intended to remain stationary; human intervention alone could activate such objects in a ritualistic context. Known as “whistling jars,” these vessels are “performed” ceremonially as liquid pours through the open spout and into the first chamber. Tipping the vessel fills the second chamber, sending gusts of air rushing through a small hole in the monkey-topped spout to create a whistling sound.
utensils; decoration and ornament; monkeys
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