Containers and Vessels; Vessels; Vases
Nasca, Peruvian, South American
Ward M. Canaday Collection
Middle Nasca vase (Phase 5, 325-440 A.D.) painted in the Bizarre style. There was a period of experimentation during Phase 5 when artists abandoned the normal canons of the Nasca style and tried to introduce new ideas. The result was a series of motifs that were put together in strange new ways, much like Picasso did in more recent times. The fad lasted only a short time, but did have the effect of introducing proliferous elements into the more traditional Nasca style which lasted until the end of the sequence. This piece displays an eye drawn over a field of vertical elements. The identity of the subject matter is unknown.
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- Motifs having the appearance of an eye, generally a human eye, as found, for example, painted or bossed on the bows of watercraft as protective devices, or, in Christian iconography, as the eye of God in the center of an equilateral triangle representing the Trinity. Distinct from "oculi (openings)" which are small round or oval openings such as windows in a wall or openings in the crown of a dome.
- "Nazca" and "Nasca" are commonly used interchangeably, but generally prefer the use of Nazca to describe the region, town, and river; and Nasca to refer to the period and culture that inhabited this area.
- Of or belonging to the nation of Peru or its people.
- 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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