c.1200 AD, Chancy culture, 36 x 18 cm
This Chancay vessel depicts a female effigy with splayed arms. Very little is known about Chancay’s cultural and social habits but it is probably safe to say that the vessel depicts an important personage. She is depicted with body decoration, wears ear spools and a crown-like headdress.
The most typical Chancay ceramics are open bowls, flaring-rim jars and face-collar vessels, decorated in black on a flaky white slip with crudely executed geometric designs of perpendicular and wavy lines, crosshatches, checkers, and other such simple units. Less common are examples with the representational subject matter.