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Dipper

Dipper

100 B.C. - A.D. 700

Ceramic, slip

Diameter: 10 x 17.5 cm (3 15/16 x 6 7/8 in.); Overall: 9.6 cm (3 3/4 in.)

Alma Kroeger Fund 2006.157

Description

Both of these objects feature a creature known as the "Recuay feline," although it could also refer to a fox, dog, or viscacha (a rodent). Whatever its identity, the prominent crest on its head ties it to the supernatural realm, a connection underlined by the deity head that also appears on the dipper and by the ritual function of snuff tablets, which were used to inhale hallucinogenic snuffs during religious ceremonies.

See also
Collection: 
AA - Andes
Department: 
Art of the Americas
Type of artwork: 
Ceramic
Medium: 
Ceramic, slip
Credit line: 
Alma Kroeger Fund

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