mid-20th century

Object Place: Peru


14.3 x 20.4 cm (5 5/8 x 8 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Earthenware: red, cream, and black slip paint

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art



Large, globular jar with tapered neck and small, outflaring rim. The jar is decorated with two horizontal bands of painted geometric designs. That on the jar’s body is divided into five sections delineated by a red-painted, vertical, crenelated form. Each section is filled with a red-painted, x-like motif outlined in black. The tapering neck is painted with an elaborate geometric design composed of fineline painting in black and red.


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