The Testimony of Hands

Making stirrup spouts using molds

Making a stirrup spout using a mold

Like the Chimú, the Sicán culture made stirrup spout vessels using molds. In these Sicán molds, especially the one to the left, it is obvious that the spout was made at the same time as the body of the vessel. These molds are from the site of Huaca Sialupe and date to the Middle Sicán period (A.D. 900–1100). The scale at the lower right is in centimeters.

The Sicán (or Lambayeque) culture succeeded the Moche culture about A.D. 750, and continued to A.D. 1375. This image is one of many on the Sicán Archaeological Project Flickr page.

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