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Ovoid Vessel

Location

PERU, CENTRAL COAST

Era

900-1532

Culture

Chancay

Title

Ovoid Vessel

Date

1200-1475

Materials

Earthenware, slip, painted decoration

Dimensions

27 cm (h.), 20.9 cm (diam.)

Credits

Gift of Paul and John Benjamin in honour of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ 150th anniversary, inv. 2010.378

Collection

Archeology and World Cultures

The Chancay style developed on the central coast during the second millennium C.E. “Black-on-white” pottery and figurines are particularly characteristic, differentiating it from the mostly polychrome traditions of neighbouring peoples. Generally moulded, they were covered with a whitish slip and organic black pigment that was applied before firing. Motifs were primarily geometric. Certain differences in the composition of the clay body and the appearance of motifs suggest various communities produced vessels in that style, which were often placed in tombs as offerings.

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