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Double-Spout Vessel

Arts of the Americas

On View: Arts of the Americas Galleries, 5th Floor
A common motif in Nasca art is the Anthropomorphic Mythical Being, or “masked god,” interpreted by scholars as a symbolic representation of the powerful spirits residing in nature. On this vessel the Mythical Being is associated with agricultural fertility, as indicated by the many multicolored peppers depicted on its body. The figure holds a club and peppers in one hand and two trophy heads in the other.


Un motivo común en el arte Nasca es el Ser Mítico Antropomórfico, o “dios enmascarado”, interpretado por académicos como una representación simbólica de los poderosos espíritus de la naturaleza. En esta vasija el Ser Mítico se asocia con fertilidad agrícola, como está indicado por los muchos pimientos multicolores representados en su cuerpo. La figura sostiene un garrote y pimientos en una mano, y dos cabezas trofeo en la otra.
CULTURE Nasca
MEDIUM Ceramic, pigments
  • Place Found: South Coast, Peru
  • DATES 325-440
    PERIOD Early Intermediate Period
    DIMENSIONS 6 x 7 x 7 in. (15.2 x 17.8 x 17.8 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 86.224.15
    CREDIT LINE Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc.
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    CAPTION Nasca. Double-Spout Vessel, 325-440. Ceramic, pigments, 6 x 7 x 7 in. (15.2 x 17.8 x 17.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc., 86.224.15. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE side, 86.224.15_side2_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2013
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Ceramic vessel with double-spout and bridge handle and decorated with two classic Nasca figures with orange mouth masks, light brown protruding tongues, and light brown forehead ornaments on a white background,. The upper part of each face is deep red. Each figure clutches a club in proper right hand, and two trophy heads in the proper left. Multicolored peppers in horizontal and vertical arrangements fill portions of the space. Condition: good; the spout and bridge handle are chipped and have been repaired; some flaking of pigment in these areas and across surface; and the number "718" is painted on the bottom. Label from "Life, Death, Transformation" Exhibition, 2013: A common motif in Nasca art is the Anthropomorphic Mythical Being, or “masked god”, interpreted by scholars as a symbolic representation of the powerful spirits residing in nature. On this vessel the Mythical Being is associated with agricultural fertility, as indicated by the many multicolored peppers depicted on its body. The figure holds a club and peppers in one hand and two trophy heads in the other.
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