Museum Collections - Ancient Peru - Paracas - Artifact #1

Blackware jar - Paracas

WHO: Paracas culture

WHERE: South coast, Peru

WHEN: Early Horizon, 300 -100 B.C.

WHAT: This is a typical blackware jar in the Paracas "Cavernas" style. The upper sections of the jar were incised when it was leather hard, then it was smudged black in a reducing atmosphere, (probably produced by smothering the fire with ash) when it was fired. Afterwards it was painted with plant resins mixed with mineral pigments to create the bright colours which contrast so well with the main black surface of the vessel.

HOW: Coil-built and hand-modelled, incised earthenware; smoke-fired.

MUSEUM: Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art. G83.1.183

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