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A tall metal beaker with a slightly flaring, thickened rim and a humanoid face modelled on the side. The nose and chin jut out sharply. Low relief designs of repousse circles and geometric shapes cover the remainder of the surface.

History Of Use

Effigy beakers are found from Lambayeque on the far north coast to Ica on the south coast (Lechtman), although Chimu craftsmen traditionally have been credited with making them. Most of the beakers appear to be silver but metallographic tests have shown many are made of a silver-copper alloy.


Chimu/Inca style, Late Intermediate Period; 1300-1532 C.E.

Iconographic Meaning

The face on this beaker is a standard one. Although the meaning is not known, a very similar version of this face occurs on hundreds of beakers.

Item History

  • Made in Peru between 1300 and 1532
  • Collected between 1949 and 1966
  • Owned by Anonymous before May 4, 1981
  • Received from Anonymous (Donor) on May 4, 1981

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