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Beaker with Frogs

Beaker with Frogs

900-1100

Gold, hammered

Overall: 13.7 x 12.1 cm (5 3/8 x 4 3/4 in.)

Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2015.9

Fun Fact

This beaker was probably formed using a single sheet of metal over a wooden form.

Description

This beaker was created by an artist of the Lambayeque culture of Peru's north coast. High-relief frogs grace the surface, which has a dramatically flaring rim as well as a silvery color, the result of silver in the alloy. If such beakers were used in life—that is, not created exclusively for the lavish tombs in which they have been found in quantities—they may have figured in feasting events that were central to late pre-Hispanic political, social, and religious life.

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

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