Bowl with Masked Serpentine CreatureEarly Nasca; Phase 3
90 - 325
3 1/8 in. x 5 7/8 in. x 5 7/8 in. (8 cm x 15 cm x 15 cm)
Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 69.1.286
Other Number(s): E50 (Canaday No.)
Geography: South America, Peru
Classification: Containers and Vessels; Vessels; Bowls
Culture/Nationality: Nasca, Peruvian, South American
Collection: 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.
This object has the following keywords:
- bowls - 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.
- bowls - 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.
- Peruvian - Of or belonging to the nation of Peru or its people.
- vessels - 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.
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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