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Deer Vessel

Date:
14th–15th century
Geography:
Peru
Culture:
Chimú
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
H. 5 x W. 3 1/4 x L. 7 1/2 in. (12.7 x 8.3 x 19.1 cm)
Classification:
Metal-Containers
Credit Line:
The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Gift of Nelson A. Rockefeller, 1969
Accession Number:
1978.412.160
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 357
Animal-shaped vessels were made on Peru's northern coast from the second millennium B.C. to the time of the conquest. This deer vessel, fabricated when metal production in Peru had reached its peak, displays the naturalism that characterized similar works in ceramic created by earlier cultures. It is made of many separately shaped pieces of sheet silver joined by soldering.
[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

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Art of Oceania, Africa, and the Americas from the Museum of Primitive Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1969, no. 471.

Newton, Douglas. Masterpieces of Primitive Art: The Nelson A. Rockefeller Collection. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1978, p. 222 top.

King, Heidi. Rain of the Moon: Silver in Ancient Peru. New York, New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000, 18, 47.

King, Heidi. "Regen des Mondes –– Silver in Alt-Peru." Antike Welt: Zeitschrift für Archäologie und Kulturgeschichte vol. 1, no. 32 (January 2001), p. 77, fig. 2.



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