Ceramic, resin-based paint
Overall: 19.7 x 20.7 cm (7 3/4 x 8 1/8 in.)
Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2017.57
A face with upturned eyes on one spout gives this vessel a specific orientation.
The Paracas style, the earliest of Peru’s south coast, focuses on geometric abstraction and polychromy, the latter achieved in ceramics with resin-based paints applied after the vessel was fired. This example is embellished with two monkey- or feline-like creatures whose curvilinearity indicates the vessel was made in the late stages of the Paracas sequence.
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