Radiocarbon

Black-on-white effigy vessel, most likely a jar because the interior was painted white as common with Huarpa black-on-white wide-mouthed jars. Huarpa black-on-white bowl sherds have an unpigmented interior below the black rim band. Diameter = 21 cm. Courtesy of Patricia J. Knobloch.
Suggested reconstruction of a large jar shape though the thick rim sherds were previously ascribed to large, “vertical sided open vessels” (Menzel 1964:9). The jar would have had two strap handles and, possibly, a modeled head located on or about the shoulder. Above the neck, the interior was painted white and the exterior a black-on-white checkerboard pattern. Below the neck, the exterior was painted with black and white on brown hand-like motifs. Diameter = 48 cm. Courtesy of Patricia J. Knobloch.
Pedestal bowl featuring a serpent rising from the center of the bowl. Photo by Martti Pärssinen.
Pedestal bowl with the spout representing the tail of a rattlesnake. Photo by Antti Korpisaari.
Axe-wielding, rattlesnake-tailed sacrificer being. Photo by Antti Korpisaari.
On ch’allador PRT 00340, a monstrous toad being appears to eat a waterfowl, while holding a human by the hair. This probably represents a mythical incident that involved the capture of a high-ranking person. Photo by Antti Korpisaari.
A pair of monstrous batrachians with a two-rowed white-collar motif enclosing a hand or foot motif, depicted in the interior of a kidney-shaped vessel. Photo by Antti Korpisaari.
Less ominous-looking batrachians painted on the exterior rim of a ch’allador may represent large frogs of the Telmatobius culeus species, associated with fertility and rain. Photo by Antti Korpisaari.
A batrachian painted on the exterior rim of a ch’allador. The iconography in the middle of the vessel suggests the later tocapu of Inka textiles. Photo by Antti Korpisaari.
TThe ch’allador PRT 00506 depicts a sitting or squatting being, with raised hands, whose pose is quite similar to that of toad and frog representations. Photo by Antti Korpisaari.

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