Pre-Columbian Lambayeque black terracotta jar with a handle. Weight: 1 lb. = 440 g; Height: 8 inches = 21 cm; Diameter: 5.25 inches = 12.5 cm; Diameter with handle: 5.5 in. = 13.5 cm; Origin: Peru; Date: 700 AD - 1350 AD; Lambayeque "Naymlap" Vessel Peru; A black ware Naymlap libation vessel from the North Coast of Peru. "Lord Naymlap" is the mythological founder of the pre-Chimu dynasty of the Sican-Lambayeque culture of Northern Peru. He is identified as having a human face with slanted eyes and tattoos. He is often surrounded by other figures representing his descendants - the "children of Naymlap". Incised lines and dots under his eyes are tears; symbolic of rain as he is the provider of (precious) water for his peoples and their crops. The vessel sits atop footed bases and has wide strap handles, typical of the type. It has a nicely burnished black ware surface and light deposits. Fine example!
) culture is the name that archaeologist
gave to the culture that inhabited what is now the north coast of
between about AD 750 and 1375. According to Shimada,
means "temple of the moon".
The Sican culture is also referred to as
culture, after the name of the region in Peru. It succeeded the
. There is still controversy among archeologists and anthropologists over whether the two are separate cultures. The Sican culture is divided into three major periods based on cultural changes as evidenced in archeological artifacts
Several chips at the base and on the body (refer to the pictures), no cracks, very good condition for the age;
Low Estimate: 1000;
High Estimate: 2000;
Circa: 950 AD;