Containers and Vessels; Vessels; Cups
Nasca, Peruvian, South American
Ward M. Canaday Collection
Middle Nasca (Phase 5 or early 6, 325-500 A.D.) vase with anthropomorphic killer whale. This Mythical Killer Whale has a human body and a killer whale head with bloody jaws. It also has a signifer replete with killer whale symbolism including fins and a distinctive tail. Floating around the main figures are tadpoles, emphasizing the maritime theme. The Mythical Killer Whale becomes the most prominent supernatural figure in the Late Nasca period.
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- "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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Related Bibliography List
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),
Alan R. Sawyer,
Ancient Peruvian Ceramics
(Greenwich, CT: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1966),
Figure Number: 205
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