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Chimu Monkey Bottle
This is a Chimu blackware that dates to ca. 1000-1532. It depicts a monkey. The potter made this with a 2-piece mold and then fired it in a reduced atmosphere, resulting in its black surface. The Chimu culture started producing this type of monkey bottle during a time period archaeologists called “Late Intermediate” (AD 1000-1460). After being conquered by the Incas, the Chimu people continued to make monkey bottles in the subsequent “Late Horizon” (AD 1460-1532).
Collection: University of Michigan Museum of Anthropological Archaeology
Date: Late Intermediate (AD 1000-1460) and Late Horizon (AD 1460-1532)
Credit: Artifact from the University of Michigan Museum of Anthropological Archaeology, Latin American Collection (Beal-Steere).
3D scanning and file processing: Handyscan by Shawn O’Grady, University of Michigan 3D Lab
Text and annotation: Howard Tsai, Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies