Tall cylinder vase

Early Intermediate Period (Late Nasca Period)
A.D. 300–700

Object Place: Perú, South Coast


18.8 x 11.3 cm (7 3/8 x 4 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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

Not On View





Tall, cylindrical vessel with rounded bottom. An orange-painted band on the lower part of the vessel divides its surface into two design fields. The top section (upper two thirds of vessel) is decorated with horizontal bands of geometric motifs painted in black on a cream ground. The bottom section is painted with a row of seven humans (represented only by the head, arms and upper torso). Each figure wears a tunic, painted alternately orange or dark red.


On bottom:"C" in black.


Between the early 1940s and late 1950s, probably acquired in Peru by Bernhard Kummel (b. 1919 - d. 1980), Cambridge, MA [see note]; late 1950s, sold by Bernhard Kummel to an anonymous collection; 2001, anonymous gift to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 21, 2001)

NOTE: The Boston Globe reported ("South America's Rainy Jungle Less Dangerous than Harvard Square," November 17, 1957) on the time Dr. Kummel, a Harvard professor of geology, spent in Peru. He and his wife are pictured holding Peruvian vessels from their collection.

Credit Line

Anonymous gift