1921.92.138

Ceramic model of a maize-head

Place details: S AMERICA. Peru / Lima Region Ancon unnamed site of grave. Local Name: Unknown. Materials: Pottery / ?. Processes: ?. Dimensions: Max L = 40 mm Field Collector: Henry Ogg Forbes When Collected: ?1912 Other Owners: Henry Ogg Forbes PRM Source: Henry Ogg Forbes Acquired: Donated 1921 Other Numbers: 729B

KEYWORD: Model / Amulet / CLASS: Model / Agriculture and Horticulture / Religion / Ornament / Pottery / ?.

Object description: Small model of a maize-head in pottery.

Research notes: This object was chosen to feature in a trail around the Pitt Rivers Museum in association with the Museum of English Rural Life on Farming The First 12,000 years (https://merl.reading.ac.uk/explore/online-exhibitions/farming12k/). It featured in a pamphlet with the caption "Amulets. What symbols do we use to represent farming life? These models of a maize-head from Lima Region, Peru, a herd of goats from La Paz, Bolivia, and a llama, reveal the close relationship between people, plants, and animals within a farming society. Such representations also had a symbolic role, as amulets that were buried to promote herd and crop fertility. The objects demonstrates the importance of beliefs and practices that link farming to seasonality and nature." [FB 5/1/2021]