Peru, Wari / Barrel-Shaped Vessel / c. 500-800Peru, Wari
Barrel-Shaped Vessel
c. 500-800

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Creator Nationality: South American; Peruvian
Creator Name-CRT: Peru, Wari
Title: Barrel-Shaped Vessel
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 500
Creation End Date: 800
Creation Date: c. 500-800
Creation Place: Peru
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Ceramic
Materials and Techniques: earthenware with colored slips
Dimensions: Overall: 20.4cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1999.2
Credit Line: Norman O. Stone and Ella A. Stone Memorial Fund
Style or Period: Peru, Wari
Context: The Wari civilization of ancient South America is regarded by many scholars as a forerunner of the Incas: a highly organized militaristic empire that conquered much of what is now Peru. Wari art is characterized by fine craftsmanship and a love of color, especially evident in textiles, featherwork, and polychrome ceramics. The most commonly repre-sented motifs in Wari art actually derive from the Tiwanaku culture, located to the south in what is now Bolivia. The most important images are a deity with a rayed face (painted on each end of this vessel), and winged attendants (shown running on one side of the vessel, flying on the opposite side). Both attendant figures have internal marking on the arms and legs, tear-tracks below the eyes, and band headdresses with vertical elements. These traits are prevalent in both Tiwanaku and Wari art. The imagery is finely painted in six distinct colors of slip (a mixture of clay and water). The most mysterious aspect of this vessel is its unusual barrel shape, the function of which is unknown.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1999.2
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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