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Jar

Arts of the Americas

CULTURE Wari
MEDIUM Ceramic, polychrome slip
  • Place Made: South Coast, Peru
  • DATES 600-900 C.E.
    DIMENSIONS 4 1/8 x 3 15/16 x 3 15/16 in. (10.5 x 10 x 10 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 86.224.7
    CREDIT LINE Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc.
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Wari. Jar, 600-900 C.E. Ceramic, polychrome slip, 4 1/8 x 3 15/16 x 3 15/16 in. (10.5 x 10 x 10 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc., 86.224.7. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.86.224.7.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, CUR.86.224.7.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2014
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Ceramic jar with painted decoration, flat base, and handles on either side. Around the top, is a procession of nine brown birds in profile on a cream-white ground. On the upper part of the body, on a red-orange ground are two pairs of painted creatures. One creature is an S-shaped serpent with two bird heads; the other is a figure with a head and fanged mouth, body lunging forward, arms bent, extended hands clenched, and hind legs in a running position. The body of the figure is painted gray at the top, gold in the middle, and dark red on the bottom. Also painted on each creature's body are fleur-de-lis designs. Circles divided by black lines float in the background. Condition: good; paint is abraded on one serpent and one section of rim; white label with number 548 on the base.
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    Wari. <em>Jar</em>, 600-900 C.E. Ceramic, polychrome slip, 4 1/8 x 3 15/16 x 3 15/16 in. (10.5 x 10 x 10 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc., 86.224.7. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.86.224.7.jpg)