Double Spout and Bridge Bottle with Anthropomorphic Mythical Being Imagery
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Double Spout and Bridge Bottle with Anthropomorphic Mythical Being ImageryMiddle Nasca; Phase 5
325 - 440
8 3/4 x 7 x 7 in. (22.2 x 17.8 x 17.8 cm)
Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 69.1.289
Other Number(s): D.56 (Canaday No.)
Geography: South America, Peru
Classification: Containers and Vessels; Vessels; Bottles
Culture/Nationality: Nasca, Peruvian, South American
Collection: Ward M. Canaday Collection
Middle Nasca (Phase 5, 325-440 A.D.) double-spout bottle painted with a very common Anthropomorphic Mythical Being. This creature has a combination of human and feline attributes, including a gold mouth mask, spondylus shell necklace, gold forehead ornament, and bangles in his hair—all common features of this mythical being. His extended body is adorned with a striped tunic and breech cloth. Flowing from the back of the head is a cloak or signifer, which terminates in a feline head, not unlike that seen on the Serpentine Creature. Human decapitated trophy heads are placed along the upper edge of the signifer.
This object has the following keywords:
- anthropomorphic - Resembling a human form.
- bottles - Vessels having a neck and mouth considerably narrower than the body, used for packaging and containing liquid and dry preparations. For vessels having wider necks and mouths, use "jars."
- Peruvian - Of or belonging to the nation of Peru or its people.
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), 62-63. Figure Number: 5.1
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