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)
Levine, Abigail R. (2011) A Case for Local Ceramic Production in the Jequetepeque Valley during the Late Horizon. In Advances in North Coast Archaeology: State and Empire in the Jequetepeque Valley, edited by Colleen M. Zori and Ilana Johnson, pp. 167-175. British Archaeological Reports (BAR) International Series, Oxford.