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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.
MEDIUM Ceramic, pigment
  • Place Made: Peru
  • DATES circa 600 C.E.
    PERIOD Nasca Phase 6
    DIMENSIONS 8 x 8 x 8 in. (20.3 x 20.3 x 20.3 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
    CREDIT LINE Henry L. Batterman Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION 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.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Nasca. Double Spout and Bridge Bottle, circa 600 C.E. Ceramic, pigment, 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)
    IMAGE overall, 41.426.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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