Peru, South Coast, Paracas / Vessel with Supernatural Figures / c. 300 BC-AD 100Peru, South Coast, Paracas
Vessel with Supernatural Figures
c. 300 BC-AD 100

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Creator Nationality: South American; Pre-Columbian; Paracas
Creator Name-CRT: Peru, South Coast, Paracas
Title: Vessel with Supernatural Figures
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: -30
Creation End Date: 100
Creation Date: c. 300 BC-AD 100
Creation Place: Peru, South Coast, Paracas
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Ceramic
Materials and Techniques: earthenware with post-firing resin paint
Dimensions: Overall: 40.75cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1998.70
Credit Line: Norman O. Stone and Ella A. Stone Memorial Fund
Style or Period: Peru, South Coast, Paracas
Context: Probably placed in an Ica Valley tomb as an offering, this vessel's shape suggests that it was made for holding and pouring liquids. Incised on the shoulder are two large supernatural figures who seem to be flying or floating. Each grips a trophy head with one hand, a blade with the other. The creature's back is serrated, streamers emerging from the head terminate in points or arrows, and the markings below the eyes also resemble knives. All these traits reinforce an association with sacrifice.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1998.70
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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