Double spout and bridge vessel


Lambayeque, Double spout and bridge vessel
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Place made: 
South America; Peru
Double spout and bridge vessel, 900-1400 CE
Earthenware; burnished (blackware)
Overall: 7 5/8 in x 8 in x 6 in; 19.4 cm x 20.3 cm x 15.2 cm
Gift of Mr. Hershel Richman and Dr. Elizabeth Rosner Richman (Class of 1967)
MH 1996.9.5

Ancient Americans did not use the potter’s wheel, but created masterful ceramic vessels through a variety of techniques, including coil-and-slab construction and hand modeling. The Moche culture of north coastal Peru and their descendants, the Lambayeque people, were especially sophisticated and mass-produced elegant vessels like this one using multipart clay molds. Excavations at urban sites in the Lambayeque region illustrate the complexity of these societies, and have revealed ceramic, metal, and weaving workshops.