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unknown Nasca
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Bowl with Mythical Being Imagery

Middle Nasca; Phase 5
325 - 440
Clay

3 9/16 in. x 5 1/2 in. x 5 1/2 in. (9 cm x 14 cm x 14 cm)
Gift of Ward M. Canaday and Mariam Coffin Canaday, Class of 1906

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 69.1.392
Other Number(s): D76 (Canaday No.)
Geography: South America, Peru
Classification: Containers and Vessels; Vessels; Bowls
Culture/Nationality: Nasca, Peruvian, South American
Collection: Ward M. Canaday Collection
Middle Nasca (Phase 5, 325-440 A.D.) cup bowl, painted with an Anthropomorphic Mythical Being in the form of a bird . This form of AMB has a down-turned human body to which is attached a head wearing the traditional gold mouth mask, forehead ornament and Spondylus shell necklace. This piece is unusual in having a signifer in the form of a falcon’s wing and tail. It is holding the traditional club in its hand, but the top of the club is surmounted by a bird-like creature, and plants are also grasped in the same hand. It’s other hand holds a trophy head.

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