Sicán Diety vessel - 971.165.480_1


Sicán Diety vessel

Maker: Sicán culture
Geography: North Coast, Peru
Period: AD 750-1350
20 x 15 cm
Object number: 971.165.480
Not on view
DescriptionThe Sicán culture arose as a powerful religious centre during a period of great political change in the eighth century AD.  The religion centered on what is known as the Sicán Deity, an all-powerful god who controlled the heavens, sea, and land.  As depicted in this vessel, the deity was often framed by the forces of nature.  Mass-produced vessels like this one appear to have been distributed to the faithful and are found beyond the centre itself.  The culture collapsed following a series of natural disasters. 
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