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Artist/Maker: Vicús (Piura River Valley, Peru)

Date: 200 BCE-200 CE
Medium: pottery and paint
Overall: 7 x 3 5/8 x 5 1/2 in. (17.8 x 9.2 x 14 cm)
Classification: Containers
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Jerome Jacobs
Object number: 81.0358
DescriptionUntil the 1960s, little was known about the Vicus culture, which was located in the far north of Peru. Treasure hunters located several sites where the negative resist designs indentified the ceramics as being from a culture similar to, but different from, the better known Moche of the region. Vicus ceramics are stylistically similar to those produced during the earliest phases of Moche/Gallinazo development. The Vicus adopted a method of oxygen reduction or negative resist to apply designs, such as those on this double chamber whistling bottle in the form of a seated male figure.
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