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Double spout with bridge jar with a man and a woman copulating.
Male: Painted moustache and beard (goatee). Wears a red and cream coloured headband. His upper body is dark red, the lower body orange. Feet are also painted. On the 'base' end of the jar, his penis is painted protruding into the lighter coloured 'female side' of the vessel, and also some pubic hair.
Female: Light, skin-coloured body. Long black hair is painted on her back, possibly in braids. Decoration / ornaments are visible on her haid and forehead. She wears bracelets on both wrists.
She has a lot of body ornamentation (tattoo?) on her arms, back and buttocks including: four small trophy heads, two rayed faces with serpentine (?) appendages and two 'surrounded' heads (see Proulx 2006 p.112).
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Height: 13.40 centimetres
Width: 15 centimetres
Depth: 9.70 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Register addition "Peru".
Register addition "Nazca". 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, pp.: 94-96, figs. 90, 91. 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.
Roll-out drawing by Garth Denning. Nasca Archive Drawing Number: 0025
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2021-2022 11 Nov-20 Feb, London, BM, G35, Peru: a journey in time
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- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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