Lambayeque Whistling Vessel with a Bat on a Pacae Fruit(54 views)
Description: This is a crescent shaped Pacae fruit (related to mangoes and guavas) from the Amazon with a fruit bat standing on the upper edge. The fruit bat has an extremely good sense of smell and sight and sharp teeth to open the tough skin of fruits. The vessel was decorated with orange slip on buff ceramic with details in black octopus ink. The whistle is behind the bat by the handle. The bat is a rare image to find in ceramics, especially in Moche and Lambayeque societies. Bats were highly revered because they were nocturnal and lived in caves which were portals to the spiritual world. A similar Lambayeque vase is illustrated in "Ceramics of Ancient Peru" by Christopher Donnan (1992: 89). The only other bat ceramic I know of is from the Lambayeque culture is on exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History.
Condition Report: Good with repairs to the upper spout and on one side of the fruit
Dimensions: Height 8" x Length 6 1/2"
Date: Peru, Sican, c. AD 800 - 1100