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A Peruvian vessel, two bodies with necks joined

Baked clay

Museum number: MP159

Curatorial note

This is one of a group of 12 Peruvian vases acquired by Soane in mid-1834 and said to have been collected by James Paroissien (1784-1827).

This whistling jar is of interest because it is Chimu-Inca of c.1525 and is of a shape that survived the Spanish conquest.


Hilda Clark, 'Historical Note: James Paroissien 1784-1827 Surgeon-General to the army of the Andes', British Medical Bulletin, Volume 7, Issue 4, 1951, p.345. This does not mention the Soane vases but provides a summary of Paroissien's involvement with South America.

If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: worksofart@soane.org.uk