Vessel with Feline

700 BCE–1 CE
Diameter: 14.2 cm (5 9/16 in.); Overall: 11.3 cm (4 7/16 in.)
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Location: 232 Andean

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Small, wild, reclusive felines, pampas cats live on the margins of agricultural fields, where they prey on rodents and other pests that are a farmer’s bane


Little is known of the meaning of the beautifully abstracted felines so often incised on Paracas ceramics. The designs achieve much of their complexity through color applied as resin-based paint after the vessel was fired in a smoky atmosphere that blackened its surface. Two spouts joined by a bridge appear on many fine South Coast ceramics. The form probably had meaning, now lost.
Vessel with Feline

Vessel with Feline

700 BCE–1 CE

Peru, South Coast, Paracas (Cavernas) style (700 BCE–1 CE)

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