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Diameter: 21.7 x 23.1 x 17.6 cm (8 9/16 x 9 1/8 x 6 15/16 in.); Overall: 20.3 cm (8 in.)
James Parmelee Fund 2002.94
This vessel was created during the time of the Wari culture, a superpower of the Andes mountains whose influence was felt in adjacent coastal areas, where this ceramic was made. Across the top of the vessel's chamber is a repeated design, a profile face and stepped fret, the meaning of which remains enigmatic. It also appears on Wari tapestry tunics, high-status garments worn by officials of the Wari state. The painting on the strap handle is quite unusual; it may represent stylized feline pelage.
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