Double-chambered vessel - ROM2007_9054_8


Double-chambered vessel

Maker: Chimu
Geography: North Coast of Peru
Date: 1100-1534 AD
Period: Late Intermediate Period to Late Horizon
21 x 23 x 15 cm
Object number: 930.158.1
Not on view
DescriptionDuring the twelfth century AD, the Chimu state began expanding across the North Coast of modern day Peru.  The Chimu were a marine power, controlling trade in shells, metals, and other goods.  This vessel depicts a member of the Chimu elite astride what may be a boat. The marine motifs of fish and seals on the vessel reinforce the ocean theme. The vessel is a "whistle pot" that could be played by blowing into the spout with the noise coming out of the hole in the back of the man's head. 
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