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Tools and technology in the Americas

Pot with hummingbirds

Height: 13.500 cm
Diameter: 10.000 cm

AOA Ethno 1913.10-29.1

Pot with hummingbirds

From: Peru (Nasca)
Date: 200 BC - AD 600

This pot has two spouts with a bridge joining them together. It is like many other pots made by the Nasca people.

To make them first they would roll clay into long strips, then coil these into a circle. The coils were placed on top of each other, then slip (clay mixed with water) was rubbed between the coils to give a smooth surface. The hummingbird designs were painted on in vivid colours. When it dried the design became part of the pot and would never rub off.