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Small-mouthed spherical jar, pottery, painted. Two times "harpy" motif on cream background.
Each harpy has: a human face with long black hair and long, pointed, black tongue. Striped, horizontal body ending in trophy head with spikes through the mouth. Two lateral horizontal trophy heads above the belly, within the wings. Multicoloured, serpentine (?) feathers. Talon feet.
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Diameter: 11.50 centimetres (max)
Diameter: 8.50 centimetres (rim)
Height: 11 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- For a typology of vessel shapes, see Alfred Kroeber and Donald Collier (edited by Patrick H. Carmichael; with an afterword by Katharina J. Schreiber), ‘The Archaeology and Pottery of Nazca, Peru, Alfred L. Kroeber's 1926 Expedition’, 1998, Altamira Press, Walnut Creek-London- New Delhi.
For further reading see Donald A. Proulx, ‘A Sourcebook of Nasca Ceramic Iconography, Reading a Culture through its Art’, 2006, University of Iowa Press.
The Date range for the Nasca period is based on Christopher Donnan, 'Ceramics of Ancient Peru', Fowler Museum of Cultural History, University of California, Los Angeles, 1992.
- Not on display
- Slightly worn paint.
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- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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