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Bird effigy

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Polished blackware bird effigy with 2.1 cm wide opening in its back. The bird's wings are short, its tail flat and slightly flared, and its head is textured with small bosses suggesting the skin of a vulture. The bottom of the "vessel" is curved so that the piece tips to its side when placed...

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Acquired from dealers in Ecuador or Peru by William and Shirley Epstein in the 1960's; to MFA, November 1995, gift of William and Shirley Epstein.

Credit Line

Gift of William and Shirley Epstein

Sicán or Chimú, Late Intermediate Period, A.D. 1000–1476

Object Place

North Coast, Perú


5.8 x 6.4 x 11.2 cm (2 5/16 x 2 1/2 x 4 7/16 in.)

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Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware