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Feline Vessel

Feline Vessel

200-850

Ceramic

Overall: 17 x 14 x 19.8 cm (6 11/16 x 5 1/2 x 7 13/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 2010.4

Description

Recuay art is under-studied and it is difficult to know the meaning of the wonderfully stylized feline on whose head perches a small passenger that may be a coatimundi, a nosy, busy, racoon-like animal. Elsewhere in Recuay art, felines are shown as virile predators, making it likely that in general they were symbols of leadership. The feline is painted with white and red slips; after firing, a resist application of black pigment was used to create the dotted pattern.

See also
Collection: 
AA - Andes
Department: 
Art of the Americas
Type of artwork: 
Ceramic
Medium: 
Ceramic

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