Nov 25, 2011
Nov 25, 2011
Nov 25, 2011
Nov 25, 2011
Nov 25, 2011
Nov 25, 2011

Small Bottle with Feline

Small Bottle with Feline

700 BC-1

Earthenware, resin-based paint

Diameter: 7.5 cm (2 15/16 in.); Overall: 10.2 cm (4 in.)

Gift of John Wise 1949.195



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.

See also
AA - Andes
Art of the Americas
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Gift of John Wise

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