Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Feline Bottle

Date:
14th–15th century
Geography:
Peru
Culture:
Chimú
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
H. 9 1/4 x W. 3 1/4 x D. 9 1/2 in. (23.5 x 8.3 x 24.1 cm)
Classification:
Metal-Containers
Credit Line:
The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Gift of Nelson A. Rockefeller, 1969
Accession Number:
1978.412.169
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 357
The ancient Peruvians depicted a broad range of animals in their art, but rarely those that were important in daily subsistence. The most commonly represented animals were ones that figured prominently in mythology and played a role in ritual life. Dogs are rarely shown, and their role in ancient Peruvian myth is not known. They may have been sacrificed to accompany the dead, for their remains are found in high-status burials. The dog on this double vessel is connected to the drinking cup by a tube and has a gold nose and ears.
[Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York, until 1967]; Nelson A. Rockefeller, New York, 1967, on loan to The Museum of Primitive Art, 1967–1969; The Museum of Primitive Art, New York, 1969–1978

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