Ancient Forms for the Modern Eye April 2018 - Page 137



XXXIII
Chimu Muscovy Duck Effigy Stirrup Vessel
Late Intermediate Period – Late Horizon: 1100 – 1530 A.D.
Ceramic
Overall: 7 3/4 x 3 1/4 x 8 3/8 in. (19.7 x 8.3 x 21.3 cm)
The wide flat beak with prominent nostrils and short flat tail identify
this effigy bird as a Muscovy duck. Native to the North Coast of Peru,
it inhabits forested swamps, lakes, streams and adjacent grasslands and
feeds on aquatic plant material, fish and small crustaceans, insects and
millipedes. Like most Chimú ceramics, this duck vessel was made in twopart molds. Incised lines define the wings and tail sections.
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