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Most of the objects in the museum’s collection from this region are made of stone, clay, or metal, since those less-perishable artworks have survived in greatest numbers. However, the museum’s collection also includes objects made of organic materials, such as the rare Moche ceremonial digging stick.

Paracas culture, Teojate (Juan Pablo), Peru
Double-Spout-and-Bridge Vessel
Paracas VII, 600–300 BC
Diam. 7 ½ in. (19.1 cm)
Clay, pigment
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Allen Wardwell, 90.70

Nazca culture, Peru
Double-Spout-and-Bridge Jar
100–500
Clay, pigment
H. 7 7/8 in. (20.0 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 62.180

Moche culture, Peru
Headdress Element in the Form of a Fox Head
400–800
Copper, gold wash, shell
L. 6 in. (15.2 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Raymond and Laura Wielgus Collection, 2003.1

Moche culture, Peru
Ceremonial Digging Stick
400–800
Wood, copper, resin
H. 54 in. (137.2 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Raymond and Laura Wielgus Collection, 99.1

Lambayeque culture, Peru
Whistling Jar with Bridged Spout
800–1200
Clay, slip
H. 9 in. (22.9 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Raymond and Laura Wielgus Collection, 75.99.3

Sicán culture, Peru
Earspool
Late Middle Sicán period, ca. 1050–1100
Gold
H. 4 ¼ in. (10.8 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Raymond and Laura Wielgus Collection, 2010.48

Wari or Tiwanaku culture, Peru or Bolivia
Lime Container
Middle Horizon, 600–1000
Wood, stone, shell, bone, reed
H. 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Raymond and Laura Wielgus Collection, 2010.50

Cupisnique culture, Peru
Stirrup-Spout Jar, 900–800 BC
Clay
H. 8 ¾ in. (22.2 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 72.101

Moche or Chimú culture, Peru
Finial in the Form of a Bird
400–1000
Copper, shell
H. 4 ½ in. (11.4 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Raymond and Laura Wielgus Collection, 94.222

Chimú culture, Peru
Tweezers
1100–1300
Silver, turquoise, coral, abalone shell, stone, fiber
L. 7 7/8 in. (20 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 72.21.4

Chimú culture, Peru
Comb with Standing Figure
900–1000
Wood
H. 6 ½ in. (16.5 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 84.17.2

Chimú culture, Lauri, Chancay Valley, Peru
Gauze Fragment
ca. 1000
Cotton
H. 15 ¼ in. (38.7 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 72.49.11