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unknown Nasca
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Bowl with Mythical Killer Whale Imagery

Early Nasca; Phase 3
90 - 325
Clay

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
Accession Number: 69.1.307
D95 (Canaday No.)
Geography:
South America, Peru
Classification:
Containers and Vessels; Vessels; Bowls
Culture/Nationality: Nasca
Collection: 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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