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Bottle, Throne with Figures

Date:
1300–1500
Geography:
Peru
Culture:
Chimú
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
H. 9 1/4 x W. 4 3/8 x D. 6 1/2 in. (23.5 x 11.1 x 16.5 cm)
Classification:
Metal-Containers
Credit Line:
The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Gift of Nelson A. Rockefeller, 1969
Accession Number:
1978.412.170
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 357
This dazzling silver bottle evokes the enigmatic U-shaped structures, known as audiencias, near the great courtyards and storage facilities within Chan Chan palaces. The upper part of the stepped platform forming the chamber of this vessel serves as two seats or thrones for the central figures, wearing conical caps and large ear ornaments. They are each receiving two individuals, one wearing a similar conical headdress and one with a sack over his back, perhaps bearing tribute or gifts. The platform is decorated on all sides with shallow repoussé motifs reminiscent of the adobe reliefs at Chan Chan. The work is a rare survival of Chimú silver work, a tradition for which they were famed.
[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

Lapiner, Alan C. Pre-Columbian Art of South America. New York: H. N. Abrams, 1976.

King, Heidi. Rain of the Moon: Silver in Ancient Peru. New York, New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000, no. 13, p. 41.

Pillsbury, Joanne, James Doyle, Juliet Wiersema, and Patricia Joan Sarro. Design for Eternity: Architectural Models from the Ancient Americas. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2015, pp. 3, 23, Figs. 1, 20, 21.



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