Ancient Forms for the Modern Eye April 2018 - Page 147



XXXVIII
Chavin (Cupisnique) Fish Effigy Vessel
with Single Spout
Initial Period - Early Horizon: 1200 – 500 B.C.
Ceramic:Blackware
Overall: 7 3/8 x 3 3/4 x 7 1/8 in. (18.7 x 9.5 x 18.1 cm)
This blackware stirrup spout vessel is attached to the body of a fish.
It has wide, circular eyes and incised and modeled scales and tail fins.
The nubbin nose gives the fish a somewhat anthropomorphic appearance.
Although the species cannot be securely identified, the ovoid, chunky body is
very close to the sea bream that inhabits the coastal waters of Peru.
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