Small Bottle with Feline

700–1 BCE
Diameter: 7.5 cm (2 15/16 in.); Overall: 10.2 cm (4 in.)
Location: not on view
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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.
Small Bottle with Feline

Small Bottle with Feline

700–1 BCE

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

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