Museum Collections - Ancient Peru - Nasca - Artifact #2

Double-spouted jar depicting sea birds - Nasca

WHO: Nasca culture

WHERE: South coast, Peru

WHEN: Early Intermediate Period, 100 B.C. - A.D. 100

WHAT: This double-spouted jar depicts seabirds catching fish. The creatures shown illustrate the Nasca culture's dependence on coastal resources in one of the richest fisheries in the world. Nasca fishermen probably competed with seabirds for fish and local potters would have reflected that competition, or perhaps co-existence, in their art.
Height: 16 cm

HOW: Coil-built and hand-modelled; polychrome slip painting within black slip-painted outlines; burnished.

MUSEUM: Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art. G83.1.185

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