12th-15th century CE
Height: 9 1/2 inches
This Pre-Columbian pottery vessel from Peru was created between the twelfth and fifteenth century. It is classified as Huari art. The Huari culture enjoyed its greatest period of growth and development from 500 to 1200 CE. Huari sites were recently excavated in the late seventies. This vessel was found at the Chancay site, an ancient urban site that was the center of the Cuismancu empire. The figure itself has two monkeys that serve as handles. The circular body is decorated with two crosses on the front and back. The vessel is decorated with lines and circles, and is covered with a white slip.