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A fine antique Pre-Colombian ceramic "blackware" Figural Vessel, with feline motif from the Chimú culture, Peru.

The Chimú culture arose around 900 A.D. on the northern coast of Peru in a large adobe city in the Moche Valley, and was conquered by the Incas in 1470 AD. They are best known for their distinctive monochromatic pottery and fine metal work. The main types of Chimú ceramics are small sculptures, manufactured molded and shaped pottery for daily use and those made for ceremonial use for offerings at burials. Many of the pottery forms were adapted from the Moche culture, which preceded the Chimu in the Andean region of Peru.

Blackware is the name given to pottery which is black in color due to the way the clay was fired and not due to paints or slips. The shiny black finish of most Chimú pottery was achieved by firing the pottery at high temperatures in a closed kiln, which prevented oxygen from reacting with the clay. The pottery is often in the shape of a creature, or has a human figure sitting or standing on a cuboid bottle.
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