3 1/8 in. x 5 7/8 in. x 5 7/8 in. (8 cm x 15 cm x 15 cm)
Gift of Ward M. Canaday and Mariam Coffin Canaday, Class of 1906
Bryn Mawr College
E50 (Canaday No.)
South America, Peru
Containers and Vessels; Vessels; Bowls
Nasca, Peruvian, South American
Ward M. Canaday Collection
Early Nasca (Phase 3, 90-325 A.D.) flaring bowl painted with a masked Serpentine Creature, similar to the one depicted on 69.1.284, but in this case wearing a mouth mask representing the whiskers of a feline. To emphasize the connection of this creature with agricultural fertility, a row of beans is drawn along the length of the snake’s body. An unusual feature at the terminus of the snake’s body is the presence of two flaring black tufts, which may be symbolic of the Vencejo or swift, a bird that is connected to the appearance of water at the beginning of the planting season.
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- Rounded, cuplike, hollow parts of objects, such as the body of a stemmed vessel or the part of a pipe in which tobacco is burned.
- Rounded vessels that are generally wider than they are high, usually hemispherical or nearly so. A bowl may have a spreading base or foot ring and sometimes two handles or a cover. Distinguished from a cup, which is rather deep than wide.
- "Nazca" and "Nasca" are commonly used interchangeably, but generally prefer the use of Nazca to describe the region, town, and river; and Nasca to refer to the period and culture that inhabited this area.
- Of or belonging to the nation of Peru or its people.
- Containers designed to serve as receptacles for a liquid or other substance, usually those of circular section and made of some durable material; especially containers of this nature in domestic use, employed in connection with the preparation or serving of food or drink, and usually of a size suitable for carrying by hand.
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Related Bibliography List
The following Related Bibliography exist for this object:
Donald A. Proulx,
A Sourcebook of Nasca Ceramic Iconography
(Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa Press, 2006),
40, 95-96, 132-133.
Figure Number: 5.72
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