Double Spout and Bridge Bottle
Arts of the Americas
The ancient Nasca culture, centered on the south coast of Peru, was known for its fine polychrome pottery. In this desert-like region, the Nasca produced imagery that often related to the worship of supernatural beings who assured agricultural success. The highly abstract mythological figures that appear on the upper register of this bottle are most likely connected to these religious beliefs. The band of faces on the lower register may represent women or, alternatively, warriors with face painting under their eyes.
Ceramic, polychrome slip
circa 600 C.E.
Nasca Phase 6
8 x 8 x 8 in. (20.3 x 20.3 x 20.3 cm) (show scale)
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Henry L. Batterman Fund
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Nazca. Double Spout and Bridge Bottle, circa 600 C.E. Ceramic, polychrome slip, 8 x 8 x 8 in. (20.3 x 20.3 x 20.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Henry L. Batterman Fund, 41.426. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 41.426.jpg)
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Ceramic vessel with double spouts joined by a bridge handle. Its rounded bottom converges to an almost flat top on which two tapered spouts sit, joined by a convex bridge handle. The reddish clay has painted decoration in red, reddish brown, black, grey, white, and yellow ochre. The upper half of the vase has two masked supernatural figures in killer-whale aspect because of long body with serpent-like figures emanating from their bodies vividly painted on a white background. The beings wear gold mouth masks and diadems. Encircling the vase below these creatures is a band of girl faces. The lower section of the vessel is undecorated.
Condition; good; some surface abrasions.
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