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L. Peanut Bowl Vessel. R. Man Seated on a Gourd.
L. 3rd c BCE -8th c CE R.12th-14th c Pre-Columbian: Andean Moche Ceramics

CHIMU Anonymous (active Late Intermediate c. 1000 - 1450) Primary
CHIMU Anonymous (active Late Intermediate c. 1000 - 1450)
200 BCE-700 CE
L. 3rd c BCE -8th c CE R.12th-14th c
Moche
Vessel
L&R North Coast. Peru.
L. Philadelphia. University of Penn Mus. R. Chicago. Bruning Mus.
Precol32.prc03c49
Ancient Peruvian ceramics give us many delightful examples of the local foodstuffs. On the left we have a double bowl for serving peanuts that would not be out of place on a modern cocktail table. The vessel is actually a container for liquids, quite possible chicha, a popular alcoholic drink made from maize. The design of the vessel, with its so-called stirrup handle, is admirably suited to carrying liquids because it can easily be carried without spilling. On the right a small figure, who looks as though he had just enjoyed some chicha, sits on top of a large bottle gourd of the type that was raised to serve as a container. In addition to corn, beans, potatoes and cotton, many other plants were cultivated in Pre-Columbian America, and according to ethnobotanists, most originated there. These include peanuts, sweet potatoes, pineapple, avocado, chili peppers, papaya, tomato, pumpkin, vanilla, cacao, coca, coconut, banana, a grain called amaranth, squash, tobacco and rubber. Many of the plants were depicted on ceramics containers.

Caption: L. MOCHE R. CHIMU| L. Peanut Bowl Vessel. R. Man Seated on a Gourd. | L. 200 BCE-700 CE R. 1100-1400L. | Pre-Columbian: Andean | L. Moche Early Intermediate Period/Middle Horizon R. Chimu

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