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Jar

Arts of the Americas

On View: Arts of the Americas Galleries, 5th Floor
Agricultural fertility is the subject of this Nasca jar, on which four anthropomorphic monkeys—animal representations with human characteristics—hold or harvest bean pods. Further reinforcing this fertility theme, the monkeys display attributes of other animals related to fertility: the squiggly tail of a tadpole, an amphibian associated with water that transforms into a frog, and the feathered wings of an insect, beneficial for spreading pollen.


La fertilidad agrícola es el tema de esta vasija Nasca, en la cual cuatro monos antropomórficos—representaciones animales con características humanas—sostienen o cosechan vainas de frijol. Reforzando aún más el tema de la fertilidad, los monos presentan atributos de otros animales también relacionados con la fertilidad: la cola serpenteante del renacuajo (un anfibio asociado con agua que se transforma en rana) y las alas como emplumadas de un insecto, beneficiosas para diseminar polen.
CULTURE Nazca
MEDIUM Ceramic, pigments
  • Place Found: South Coast, Peru
  • DATES 325-440
    DIMENSIONS 6 x 3 3/4 x 3 3/4 in. (15.2 x 9.5 x 9.5 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Arts of the Americas Galleries, 5th Floor
    ACCESSION NUMBER 86.224.8
    CREDIT LINE Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc.
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Nazca. Jar, 325-440. Ceramic, pigments, 6 x 3 3/4 x 3 3/4 in. (15.2 x 9.5 x 9.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc., 86.224.8. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.86.224.8_view1.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, overall, CUR.86.224.8_view1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION A cylindrical ceramic jar that narrows slightly as it goes from its rounded base to the rim. The base of the jar is slipped with a band of yellow; the band above is reddish-brown; the third and largest section is decorated with four anthropomorphic monkeys on a white ground. The monkeys bend forward with long legs and slightly bent knees, arms that curve gently, and long, wavy tails. Their heads are heart-shaped, with round white eyes and black pupils. Their half-circle mouths have long red tongues extending outward. Multicolored feathers emanate from the top of their heads and bodies. The animals hold bean pods. Condition: good.
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