Whistling Vessel of Llama Carrying Man and Bags
Arts of the Americas
On View: Arts of the Americas Galleries, 5th Floor
These two ceramic vessels convey the importance of llamas among the ancient Andean cultures. The Lambayeque example representing a man on a llama is unusual, since llamas are normally used as pack animals and are only employed as mounts by merchants during river crossings. Perhaps this vessel represents such a merchant.
The Wari ceremonial cup also depicts a domesticated llama. The gold disc attached to the rope around its neck underscores the animal’s value and ritual importance.
9 3/4 x 4 3/4 x 9 1/2 in. (24.8 x 12.1 x 24.1 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Mrs. Eugene Schaefer
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Lambayeque. Whistling Vessel of Llama Carrying Man and Bags, ca. 1100-1400. Ceramic, 9 3/4 x 4 3/4 x 9 1/2 in. (24.8 x 12.1 x 24.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Eugene Schaefer, 36.344. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 36.344_acetate_bw.jpg)
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