Early Horizon (late phase)
200–1 BC

Object Place: Peru, South Coast


Overall: 15.24 cm (6 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Earthenware with post-fire resin paint

On View

Ancient South America Gallery (Gallery LG33)





Spout-and-bridge-handled bottle, a distinctive Paracas vessel form, decorated with pictorial elements narrating a mythical or ritual event. It features a human male figure with banded face and wearing an ornate tunic. He is surrounded by flong-finned fish and an interwoven vertical motif that may symbolize water.

The form of this vessel is distinctively Paracas, and the scene depicts a mythical or ritual event. The figure is surrounded by fish and an interwoven motif that may represent water. Food from the sea was a staple of this coastal people, and aquatic themes pervade its art.


Possibly as early as the 1920s to the 1940s, collection of Dr. Samuel K. Lothrop (1892-1965), archaeologist, Peabody Museum of Archaeology, Harvard University; by descent through family; March 1998, sold by Skinner Auctioneers, Boston, lot 27, to Lands Beyond Gallery, New York; sold by Lands Beyond Gallery to Hy Zaret; 2008, gift of Shirley Zaret to the MFA.

Credit Line

Gift from the Collection of Shirley and Hy Zaret