Vase With Imagery Depicting an Anthropomorphised Horrible BirdMiddle Nasca; Phase 5
325 - 440
5 1/2 in. x 4 1/8 in. x 4 1/8 in. (14 cm x 10.5 cm x 10.5 cm)
Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 69.1.370
Other Number(s): N38 (Canaday No.)
Geography: South America, Peru
Classification: Containers and Vessels; Vessels; Vases
Culture/Nationality: Nasca, Peruvian, South American
Collection: Ward M. Canaday Collection
Description: Middle Nasca (Phase 5, 325-440 A.D.) vase painted with a very unusual form of the Horrible Bird, a mythical creature emphasizing the features of raptorial bird often eating a trophy head. In this case, the head is unique. It almost appears that the artist was trying to modify the head to resemble that of an Owl.
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- Animalia - 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.
- anthropomorphic - Resembling a human form.
- Aves - The class of vertebrate animals that are typically bipedal and warm-blooded, lay large-yolked hardshelled eggs, often arboreal, and possessing feathers, hollow bones, forelimbs adapted for flight (although some have lost the ability to fly) and hindlimbs for perching and locomotion, a four-chambered heart, keen vision, a horny beak without teeth, and a large muscular stomach. Birds arose from theropod dinosaurs, which were an order of carnivorous dinosaurs.
- fruit - Portions of a plant consisting of the seed and its envelope, especially the latter when it is of a juicy, pulpy nature. In its strict botanical sense, the fleshy or dry ripened ovary of a plant, enclosing the seed or seeds, such as apricots, bananas, and grapes, as well as bean pods, corn grains, tomatoes, cucumbers, and (in their shells) acorns and almonds, are all technically fruits. Popularly, however, the term is restricted to the ripened ovaries that are sweet and either succulent or pulpy. The cultivation and processing of fruits are major industries worldwide.
- Peruvian - Of or belonging to the nation of Peru or its people.
- vases - Vessels of varying shape and size but which are usually taller than they are wide, varying greatly in actual form and use. In modern usage, typically refers to vessels for displaying flowers. When referring to ancient art, often refers to any ceramic or metal vessel in a range of shapes and used to hold liquids, grain, or another substance.
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Related Bibliography ListThe following Related Bibliography exist for this object:
- Donald A. Proulx, A Sourcebook of Nasca Ceramic Iconography (Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa Press, 2006), 79-82.
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