Diameter: 10.000 cm
Gift of Col. F.H. Ward
AOA Ethno 1913.10-29.1
Africa, Oceania, Americas
Double spout and bridge vessel with hummingbirds
Nasca culture (200 BC - AD
The double spout and bridge vessel is one of the oldest ceramic forms known in Nasca art. This example is decorated with several hummingbirds flying around two flowers at the base of the spouts, a motif which is characteristic of the early phases of the Nasca cultural sequence. In some areas of Peru today, hummingbirds are considered to be the intermediaries or even manifestations of the mountain gods.
techniques and aesthetic qualities of Nasca polychrome ceramics
make them unique in the Andean region. They were most commonly made
The most common shapes of Nasca polychrome ceramics are bowls, dishes, vases and vessels with one or two spouts and bridge. They are reserved for the élite and are used as grave offerings.
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