Museum Collections - Ancient Peru - Wari - Artifact #5

Jar - Wari

WHO: Wari culture

WHERE: Central highlands, Peru

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

WHAT: This Wari jar has eccentric eyes and a white face mask which may indicate that it represents a dead person. Geometric motifs such as those that surround the face and headdress on this vessel were important features of Wari art. The vertically divided eyes of this face are a typical design motif of Wari ceramics.

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

MUSEUM: Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art. G83.1.318

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