2 3/16 in. x 6 1/8 in. x 6 1/8 in. (5.5 cm x 15.5 cm x 15.5 cm)
Gift of Ward M. Canaday and Mariam Coffin Canaday, Class of 1906
Bryn Mawr College
D95 (Canaday No.)
South America, Peru
Containers and Vessels; Vessels; Bowls
Ward M. Canaday Collection
Early Nasca (Phase 3, 90-325 A.D.) interior decorated bowl painted with a Mythical Killer Whale, similar to the one seen on 69.1.306. In this case there is no weapon or trophy head, only the human hand to indicate the sacred nature of the motif.
Mythical killer whales are common in Nasca ceramic art. Represented with a square jaw, large teeth, small fins, and bifurcated tail, they represented ideas of power, fertility, and death. This one has shark-like qualities and a human arm. In earlier periods, the hand is usually empty; later, it often holds a weapon or a trophy head.
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- Kingdom containing multicellular organisms having cells bound by a plasma membrane and organized into tissue and specialized tissue systems that permit them to either move about in search of food or to draw food toward themselves. Unable to make their own food within themselves, as photosynthetic plants do, they rely on consuming preformed food. They possess a nervous system with sensory and motor nerves, enabling them to receive environmental stimuli and to respond with specialized movements.
- 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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This object was included in the following exhibitions:
Traces of Greatness: Selections from the Pre-Columbian Collection
Bryn Mawr College
, 6/30/2014 - 9/11/2014
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
"The Museum of Fine Arts Houston Online Collections."
(Accessed May 9, 2020):
Accession No.: 2003.107.
"Staatliche Museen zu Berlin Online Collections Database."
(Accessed August 4, 2020):
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin,
Accession No.: 63456.
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),
Figure Number: 5.45, 5.46; Plate 4
Alan R. Sawyer,
Ancient Peruvian Ceramics
(Greenwich, CT: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1966),
Figure Number: 205
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