c.800 AD, Huari culture, 48 x 32 x 40 cm (enlarge for full view)
This is the only black ware Huari (Wari) portrait ceramic known to have survived. He is wearing a four corned hat. Pottery forms as this double-spouted vessels were seen elsewhere in Andean cultures, such as large urns, beakers, bowls, and moulded effigy figures. Decorative designs were heavily influenced by those used in Wari textile production. The Staff Deity was an especially popular subject for beakers, same as the warriors with dart throwers, shields, and military tunics.