Skip to product information
1 of 4

Chimú Blackware Anthropomorphic Figure Bottle

Chimú Blackware Anthropomorphic Figure Bottle

Regular price €325,00
Regular price Sale price €325,00
Sale Sold out
Tax included. Shipping calculated at checkout.


Pre-Columbian era, Chimú culture, c. 800-1470AD, Moche Valley, Trujillo, Peru.

Fascinating Chimú blackware effigy bottle with anthropomorphic figure, possibly shaman, wearing a headdress that doubles as the vessel’s spout. The neck is modeled with a face, characterized by almond-shaped eyes framing an prominent nose, small closed mouth, pointed chin, and oversized ears. The location of the head at the base of the neck is typical of Chimú iconography. The recurring molding of human faces and bodies into Chimú pottery most likely communicates aspects of Chimú hierarchical society and wealth. Sitting upon an circular pedestal foot, the vessel presents a globular, slightly compressed body. Now missing its strap handle. The sloped shoulder features delicate relief decoration of birds, dots, and possibly corncobs. The Chimú ceramics fullfilled both functions, for daily use of household and for ceremonial offerings. Pottery types tended to be standardized, with quantity production, made on molds, and generally of a plain black ware. The pottery were fired in a kiln deprived of oxygen, causing the iron compounds in the clay to turn black. Lighter ceramics were also produced in smaller quantities. The characteristic brightness was obtained by rubbing with rock that previously had been polished. Many animals, fruits, characters, and mystical entities have been represented pictorially on Chimú ceramics. 

Moderate condition. Chipping to the rim and foot. Missing handle. Otherwise, intact with an excellent presentation and nice preservation of relief detail. Lovely polished patina. Size approx. 19,2cm x 9,2cm x 9,2cm.

Provenance: private collection from Canada.

View full details
  • Shipping

    The shipment will be prepared in the course of 3-5 days and dispatched via Posti Group Oyj or purchased item(s) can be picked up from our shop during the store's opening hours (Tarkk’ampujankatu 4, 00140, Helsinki, Finland). Within the Finland, all items are shipped via Posti Group Oyj unless otherwise requested. We pack the items carefully and mainly in recycled materials because we want to save nature. You will receive the tracking number for your items by e-mail.

  • Returns

    Returns and exchange will be accepted within fourteen days (14) of receipt at the purchaser’s cost to include freight and packaging. Items must be returned in the same condition as when they were shipped, and will not be accepted if damaged or altered in any way. Please inform us via email ( or by calling +358408408352 before sending. We do not accept returns more than 14 days after delivery.