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Sicán Lord effigy jar

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Polished blackware jar with wide strap handle and tall, tapering neck embellished with the face of the "Sicán Lord". Typical characteristics of this mythic figure are his upward-pointing, comma-shaped eyes, pointed hat, and large earspools. Two small, modeled figures flank the Sicán Lord ,...

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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, Middle Sicán period, A.D. 900–1100

Object Place

North Coast, Perú


15.5 x 12.8 x 13.2 cm (6 1/8 x 5 1/16 x 5 3/16 in.)

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Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware