Cordy-Collins, Alana. Fonga Sigde, shell purveyor to the Chimu kings

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: Fonga Sigde, shell purveyor to the Chimu kings

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph The Northern dynasties : kingship and statecraft in Chimor: a symposium at Dumbarton Oaks, 12th and 13th October 1985, edited by Michael E. Moseley and Alana Cordy-Collins

Published By: Original publisher The Northern dynasties : kingship and statecraft in Chimor: a symposium at Dumbarton Oaks, 12th and 13th October 1985, edited by Michael E. Moseley and Alana Cordy-Collins Washington, D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection. 1990. 393-417 p. ill.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Alana Cordy-Collins

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2015. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Chimu (SE75)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Fauna (136); External trade (439); Administrative agencies (647); Visual arts (5311); Boats (501); Fishing (226); Traditional history (173);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document The traditional history of Lord Naymlap’s arrival in the Lambayeque Valley is examined in light of archeological evidence and iconography, focusing on the courtier Fonga Sigde, whose task was to scatter seashell dust where Lord Naymlap walked. Fonga Sigde may have been a person’s name, but was also the term for a royal administrative office that arranged the importation [i]Spondylus[/i] shell from a foreign polity in Ecuador. Iconography on the North Coast of Peru, especially from the Lambayeque Valley during Middle Sican times, contains many images of diving for [i]Spondylus[/i] from boats. Works of art with the [i]Spondylus[/i] theme were probably owned only by people who controlled its importation. Various examples are described and illustrated, and ethnohistoric accounts and images of boats used in long distance trade along the North Coast are also provided. [i]Spondylus[/i] was present in Peru starting in the Early Intermediate period, but the quantity increased greatly in the Lambayeque Valley around the Middle Sican era, and it evidently become a wealth item in the Chimu Empire.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 30

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. se75-030

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Essay

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 414-417)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document not specified

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Archaeologist-4

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Sarah Berry; 2014

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1100-900 BP (AD 900-1100)

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Lambayeque Valley, Lambayeque region, Peru

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Chimu Indians--Politics and government--Congresses//Chimu Indians--Antiquities--Congresses//Chan Chan Site (Peru)--Congresses//Peru--Antiquities--Congresses


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