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Face Neck Jar

Arts of the Americas

On View: Arts of the Americas Galleries, 5th Floor
CULTURE Wari
MEDIUM Ceramic, slip, pigments
DATES 650-1000 C.E.
PERIOD Middle Horizon Period
DIMENSIONS 7 x 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 in. (17.8 x 11.4 x 11.4 cm)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Arts of the Americas Galleries, 5th Floor
ACCESSION NUMBER 41.418
CREDIT LINE Henry L. Batterman Fund
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Face neck jar with polychrome decoration on red-brown slip. The vessel is bottle-shaped with a bulbous body and a tall, narrow neck. The neck is decorated with a modeled human face with a feline figure painted on the nose and two condors painted below the eyes representing tear lines. The body of the jar is decorated with a standing male figure wearing an elaborate tunic and holding a staff in each hand. One staff is surmounted by a bird head, while the other is surmounted by an ear of corn. The man's face, which is in profile, is decorated with painted geometrical designs and an ear of corn hangs from the front of his headdress.
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