Ancient Forms for the Modern Eye April 2018 - Page 157

Chimu Recumbent Deer Stirrup Vessel
Late Intermediate Period – Late Horizon: 1100 – 1530 A.D.
Overall: 7 3/8 x 5 x 7 1/8 in. (18.7 x 12.7 x 18.1 cm)
This lovely stirrup spout bottle presents a deer lying on his side and his
feet have been tied together as though it will be thrown over someone’s
shoulder, such as on Chancay vessels where the hunter has caught a deer
and, while it is still alive, carries it on his shoulders. There must have
been some kind of deer sacrificial ceremony because there are other Chimú
bottles with the same theme of the bound deer. This seems to accord with
the ceremonial deer hunting shown on Moche vessels. This is a late Chimú
vessel, but decidedly Chimú in its subject matter and diagnostic small
motif placed on one stirrup.


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