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Vessel with repoussé supernatural figure

Photo: Paul Macapia

Vessel with repoussé supernatural figure

600-1000 AD

Chimú, a large kingdom on the North Coast of Peru, was home to metalsmiths who were renowned in the Inca period for their superior workmanship—thus many artisans were relocated to Cuzco, the capital of the Inca Empire.

Gold-tin alloy
9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm) x 4 1/2 inches diameter
Gift of John H. Hauberg
Photo: Paul Macapia
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon, Oct. 17, 2013 - Jan. 5, 2014 (Montreal, Canada, The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Feb. 2 - June 16, 2013).* Text by Victor Pimentel. Cat. no. 142, p. 349, not reproduced [*exhibition organized by Seattle Art Museum and circulated to Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; however, Vessel was only shown in Seattle].

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