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Double spout vessel: Gallery Label - Current


Minneapolis Institute of Arts



Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
This vessel features a dual-image of a jaguar and an eagle, two of the most important animals in ancient Andean beliefs. Shamans could shift into various animals during religious ceremonies. This object was likely for ceremonial use, and may feature this event. The feline image that covers the front half of the vessel represents the jaguar. The circles below the eyes are a reference to the jaguar’s pelt markings, and below this area are the feline’s flared nostrils and snout. The front spout of the vessel is modeled in the form of an eagle’s neck and head which face to the rear. The eagle’s extended, curved wings can be seen in a white outline around the jaguar image.
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Type: Commentary, Gallery Label - Current
Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Rights: Copyright Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Added to Site: November 21, 2009