This sculptural ceramic bottle represents a character sitting on a stepped pyramid. It holds a small container, a container for the lime that is ingested in a very small amount when chewing coca leaves, to facilitate the extraction of alkaline substances from the leaf. The chacchado or chewing of the coca leaf is an ancestral practice of the Andean area, which is carried out for ceremonial and energizing purposes. The character of coca leaf by this character associated with his need to stay awake at night.
Chronology of John Rowe:
Early Intermediate Period (200 BC - 600 AD)
Region: North Coast
Neck bottle handle sculptural stirrup representing male character.
Pre-Columbian andean conception used this relation to nature in myths and beliefs, commonly using medicinal plants in their cures due to the knowledge of these plants and their effects