Vessel with Two Fishermen in a Reed Boat
Arts of the Americas
On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, The Americas’ First Peoples, 4000 B.C.E.–1521 C.E.
On the North Coast of Peru, ancient Chimú fishermen plied the waters of the Pacific Ocean in reed boats to catch fish and shellfish, and hunt marine animals. On this finely modeled and highly polished blackware vessel, two fishermen are depicted wearing conical hats and holding oars. Contemporary fishermen in Peru still use this same type of boat, called a caballito de totora.
9 3/4 x 11 x 7 in. (24.8 x 27.9 x 17.8 cm)
mount (display dimensions): 10 1/4 x 12 x 7 in. (26 x 30.5 x 17.8 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Mrs. Eugene Schaefer
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Chimú. Vessel with Two Fishermen in a Reed Boat, 1100-1470. Ceramic, 9 3/4 x 11 x 7 in. (24.8 x 27.9 x 17.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Eugene Schaefer, 36.308. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 36.308_acetate_bw.jpg)
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Blackware ceramic jar in the form of a large tortora reed boat with two men sitting on top paddling. There is a looped handle and spout in the center.
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