Early Intermediate Period (Nasca Phase 3)
Object Place: Peru, South Coast
22.5 cm (8 7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Polychrome earthenware: brown, red, orange, yellow, gray, and black on cream slip paint
Not On View
This typical Nasca vessel form, with two spouts connected by a strap handle, is decorated with the image of a mythical being, the so-called “Anthropomorphic Mythical Being”, who symbolizes the powerful spirits residing in nature. The figure grasps a jíquima root, identifying the spirit as one associated with this important food crop. The mythical being typically grasps a staff-like weapon and a trophy head. He wears a golden feline headband and feline mask around his mouth; similar ornaments have been found in Nasca burials. The bottle has a large hole punched through the vessel wall beneath the trophy-head and a smaller hole by figure’s legs on the opposite side.
This typical Nasca vessel is decorated with the image of the Anthropomorphic Mythical Being, who symbolized the spirits residing in nature. The figure grasps a “jíquima” root, an important food crop, and a staff-like weapon and a trophy head. He wears a feline headband and mask around his mouth; similar adornments of sheet gold have been found in Nasca burials.
On bottom: "7" in blue and "C" in black.
Private collection, Massachusetts, by the late 1950s; to MFA, March 2001, anonymous gift.