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Jar in the Form of Two Men on a Reed Boat

Arts of the Americas

On View: American Identities: A New Look, American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, The Americas’ First Peoples, 4000 B.C.E.–1521 C.E., 5th Floor
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.
CULTURE Chimú
MEDIUM Ceramic
DATES ca.1100-1400
PERIOD Pre-Spanish
DIMENSIONS 9 3/4 x 11 x 7 in. (24.8 x 27.9 x 17.8 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
ACCESSION NUMBER 36.308
CREDIT LINE Gift of Mrs. Eugene Schaefer
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Chimú. Jar in the Form of Two Men on a Reed Boat, ca.1100-1400. 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
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Jar in the Form of Two Men on a Reed Boat