Early Intermediate Period (Nasca Phase 5)
Object Place: Peru, South Coast
11 x 15 cm (4 5/16 x 5 7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Earthenware: dark red, dark orange, cream, gray, and black on white slip paint
Ancient South America Gallery (Gallery LG33)
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.
On bottom: "20," "C" (or "U"?) in black.
Private collection, Massachusetts, by the late 1950s; to MFA, March 2001, anonymous gift.