Museum Collections - Ancient Peru - Nasca - Artifact #2
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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