Aug 11, 2021
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Aug 11, 2021
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Aug 11, 2021

Square Bowl with Pampas Cats

Square Bowl with Pampas Cats

500–400 BC

Ceramic, post-fire paint

Overall: 9 x 18 x 17.5 cm (3 9/16 x 7 1/16 x 6 7/8 in.)

J.H. Wade Trust Fund 2021.130


Did you know?

The animal shown on this bowl is the Pampas cat, a small, wild feline.


The Paracas often decorated their ceramics with geometricized representations of the native Pampas cat, a small, reclusive, wild feline that lives on the margins of agricultural fields, where it preys on the rodents and other pests that are a farmer’s bane. Thus, the ancients seem to have linked it to nature’s fertility and, by extension, human prosperity and continuity.

See also
AA - Andes
Art of the Americas
Type of artwork: 
Credit line: 
J.H. Wade Trust Fund

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