Tembladera, Peru, Jequetepeque Valley / Feline-Head Bottle / 6th-4th century B.C.E.Tembladera, Peru, Jequetepeque Valley
Feline-Head Bottle
6th-4th century B.C.E.

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Creator Nationality: South American; Peruvian
Creator Active Place: Jequetepeque Valley, Peru
Creator Name-CRT: Tembladera, Peru, Jequetepeque Valley
Title: Feline-Head Bottle
View: Rear view
Creation Start Date: -59
Creation End Date: -30
Creation Date: 6th-4th century B.C.E.
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Vessels
Materials and Techniques: Ceramic, postfired paint
Dimensions: H. 6 5/8 in. (16.8 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1978.412.203
Credit Line: The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Purchase, Nelson A. Rockefeller Gift, 1967
Rights: http://www.metmuseum.org/

Ceramic vessels made up a large percentage of mortuary offerings in ancient Peru. Early fine examples were fired to create muted, matte tones of gray, black, and tan, with highly polished or incised surfaces. This tall bottle, with its well-preserved surface paint, is said to come from the area known as Tembladera in the Jequetepeque Valley. A modeled, stylized feline head in profile is worked on the front. The head is upended, and the long, conventionalized snout has teeth that continue almost to the top of the 'nose.' A looped-over tongue projects from the mouth. A smaller feline profile appears on the opposite side of the bottle. The feline associations are probably those of the jaguar, the most impressive wild cat of the Americas and one long revered for its prowess.

AMICA ID: MMA_.1978.412.203
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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