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.