Clay bottle

Vessel in the form of the red-coloured thorny oyster (Spondylus princeps). Spondylus is native to Ecuador’s coast. The ruling elite used this shell in abundance. As red dust it would be scattered before the King’s feet as he walked on the ground. In death his burial would be accompanied by such shells and ceramics made to look like them.

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
25/1955/13
Category
Ethnography
Collection Class
Religion and magic
Collection Area Region
S
Material
blackware pottery
Common Name
clay bottle
Simple Name
pot
Production County
Lambayeque Valley, North Coast
Production Country
Peru
Production Year Low
900
Production Year High
1100

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single spout loop-handled bottle