Drinking cup

Nasca
Early Intermediate Period (Nasca Phase 5)
A.D. 400–500


Object Place: Peru, South Coast

Dimensions

11 x 15 cm (4 5/16 x 5 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

2001.150

Medium or Technique

Earthenware: dark red, dark orange, cream, gray, and black on white slip paint

On View

Ancient South America Gallery (Gallery LG33)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Earthenware

The body of the Anthropomorphic Mythical Being, in the guise of a bird (likely a falcon), wraps around this ceremonial drinking cup. Raptorial birds were connected to agricultural fertility; they protect crops from predators and, as manifestations of the mountain gods, were associated with the source of rain and irrigation waters.


The body of the Anthropomorphic Mythical Being, in the guise of an avian (likely a falcon), wraps around this ceremonial cup. Raptors were connected to agricultural fertility; they protected crops from predators and were associated with rain and irrigation waters.

Markings

On bottom: "20," "C" (or "U"?) in black.

Provenance

Private collection, Massachusetts, by the late 1950s; to MFA, March 2001, anonymous gift.

Credit Line

Anonymous gift