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[AC] Mead Art Museum at Amherst College; [HC] Hampshire College Art Gallery;
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Maker(s):Unknown
Culture:Pre-Columbian; Chimú
Title:Vessel in the form of a dog
Date Made:1000–1476 Late Intermediate Period
Type:Ceramic
Materials:ceramic
Place Made:South America; Peru
Measurements:Overall: 7 5/16 in x 6 5/16 in; 18.6 cm x 16 cm
Accession Number:  AC C.1940.11
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. George D. Pratt (Vera Hale)
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Label Text:
Once thought to represent a llama, this vessel is more likely in the shape of a hairless dog, a species considered an edible delicacy in the ancient Americas.
2014

This vessel is in the form of a llama, a member of the camelid family indigenous to South America, whose wool was spun and woven into textiles. The wide and relatively thick strap handle and wide spout imply this vessel was created for practical use rather than as burial furnishing.

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