Warrior Effigy Vessel



Warrior Effigy Vessel


Ceramic, vessel


1 - 650 AD


Early Intermediate Period
South America, Central Andes, North Highlands


7 x 4 5/8 in. (17.8 x 11.7 cm)

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Recuay vessels are among the most impressive of their time. They tend to have two spouts, a wide-mouthed rear spout for pouring liquid in and a narrow front spout (that usually protrudes from a figure's forehead) for pouring liquid out.

This piece is an armed male figure often depicted in Recuay ceramics. Like other males, he wears large earspools of a central circle ringed by smaller dots (these may represent earspools with cast beads similar to preserved Moche ones) as well as a prominent bead necklace. Holding a shield in one hand and a club in the other, he is armed for battle. The fancy textile patterns painted in the negative on this tunic further signify the warrior's high status in his society. While we have no direct evidence of Recuay rituals, the subject matter suggests this vessel could have been used in a drinking ceremony for warriors to prepare for battle.

Credit Line

Gift of William C. and Carol W. Thibadeau


Seeing with New Eyes: Pre-Columbian Art from the Thibideau Collection, Emory University Museum of Art and Archaeology, March 4 - October 13, 1992|
MCCM Permanent Collection Reinstallation, September 2002 - June 2012|
MCCM Permanent Collection Reinstallation, February 9, 2013 - Present
Rebecca Stone-Miller, Seeing With New Eyes: Highlights of the Michael C. Carlos Museum Collection of Art of the Ancient Americas (Atlanta: Michael C. Carlos Museum, 2002), 223, figure 509.


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“Warrior Effigy Vessel,” Michael C. Carlos Museum Collections Online, accessed December 14, 2018, http://carlos.digitalscholarship.emory.edu/items/show/7493.

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