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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 100 B.C.E.-600 C.E.
    DIMENSIONS 8 x 8 x 8 in. (20.3 x 20.3 x 20.3 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Henry L. Batterman Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Nasca. Double Spout and Bridge Bottle, 100 B.C.E.-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
    IMAGE front, 41.426_front_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    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 serpents and jaguar motifs vividly painted on a white background. Encircling the vase below these creatures is a series of human heads. The lower section of the vessel is undecorated. Condition; good; some surface abrasions.
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