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Man and Llama Vessel

Arts of the Americas

On View: Arts of the Americas Galleries, 5th Floor
This vessel may represent a shaman, or ritual specialist, taking a llama to be sacrificed to Pachamama (Mother Earth) or to the mountain spirits (apus). Such ceremonies occur today during the planting and harvesting of crops in order to encourage a fertile season. The shaman, shown in an elaborate headdress and finely woven tunic, holds an ornate panpipe, or antara, whose sound imitates the animal’s cries.


Esta vasija puede representar a un chamán, o especialista ritual, llevando a una llama a ser sacrificada a la Pachamama (Madre Tierra) o a los espíritus de la montaña (apus). Tales ceremonias ocurren actualmente durante la siembra y cosecha para promover una estación fértil. El chamán, llevando un tocado elaborado y túnica finamente tejida, sostiene una zampoña decorada, o antara, cuyo sonido imita el grito del animal.
CULTURE Recuay
MEDIUM Ceramic, pigment
DATES 200 B.C.E.-600
DIMENSIONS 9 5/16 x 8 1/16 x 3 15/16 in. (23.7 x 20.5 x 10 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Arts of the Americas Galleries, 5th Floor
ACCESSION NUMBER 45.175.3
CREDIT LINE Gift of Leo E. Fleischman
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Recuay. Man and Llama Vessel, 200 B.C.E.-600. Ceramic, pigment, 9 5/16 x 8 1/16 x 3 15/16 in. (23.7 x 20.5 x 10 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Leo E. Fleischman, 45.175.3. Creative Commons-BY
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Effigy vessel in the form of a human figure playing an ornate panpipe or antara, standing adjacent to a llama. The mouth of the vessel is located on the llama's back. Cream, white, red, orange and black slips embellish the surface. Condition: good; a top element of the headdress is missing.
RECORD COMPLETENESS Best (83%)
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