Museum Collections - Ancient Peru - Wari - Artifact #1

Double-spout vessel with bridge handle - Wari

WHO: Wari culture

WHERE: Central highlands, Peru

WHEN: Middle Horizon, A.D. 800 -1000

WHAT: Vessels with double spouts and bridge handles, such as this one, are a common form in Wari ceramics. The polychrome painting here includes natural elements and abstractions that are typical, such as square-ended appendages. The bird, likely a hawk, on this vessel combines elements of the natural and spiritual world.

HOW: Mould-made with hand-modelled details; slip-painted and burnished.

MUSEUM: Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art. G83.1.319

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