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Mother-and-Child? Vessel

Mother-and-Child? Vessel


Ceramic, slip, pigment

Overall: 20.4 x 15.3 x 15.3 cm (8 1/16 x 6 x 6 in.)

Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2010.210


Well-dressed, important women like this one are depicted fairly often in Recuay art. These women
hold a variety of things, ranging from cups that may refer to feasts held on important political occasions
to small figures commonly interpreted as children, as here. These and other representations have led
scholars to suggest that Recuay women held authority independent of their male partners; their authority may have stemmed in part from involvement in feasting celebrations.

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