Temple vessel - ROM2007_9054_6


Temple vessel

Maker: Sicán
Geography: North Coast of Peru
Date: 900-1100 AD
Period: Middle Sicán Period
21.5 × 14.5 × 9.5 cm
Object number: 924.34.11
On view
Gallery Location:Shreyas and Mina Ajmera Gallery of Africa, the Americas and Asia-Pacific
DescriptionThis vessel depicts a member of the Sicán elite standing in front of a temple. The figure is dressed as the Sicán Deity, the main god of the period who controlled the forces of nature.  Two small holes in the spout could be used to turn the pot into a whistle. One can imagine the costumed elite standing on a platform with an unearthly soundemanatingg from the depths of the temple.
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