Ancient Forms for the Modern Eye April 2018 - Page 140



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Chimu Toucan Effigy Vessel
Late Intermediate Period – Late Horizon: 1100 – 1550 A.D.
Ceramic
Overall: 7 1/4 x 3 7/8 x 7 1/4 in. (18.4 x 9.8 x 18.4 cm)
This vessel was moldmade in four parts as a toucan with a long beak and
wings tucked in on each side. Two molds were used for the body and two
more for the stirrup and spout. The bird is in a squatting position, with
incised concentric circles indicating eyes and the head turned backward
resting on the stirrup spout. Most Chimú vessels were moldmade and the
little stepped element on the spout is a diagnostic motif.
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