Spouted Vessel (Primary Title)

Unknown (Artist)

500 – 400 BC
incised terracotta with polychrome pigments
South America,Peru,South Coast,Andean
Overall: 7 × 7 in. (17.78 × 17.78 cm)
Pre-Columbian artists frequently borrowed designs and motifs from one art form for use in a different medium. In the case of this vessel, textile patterns commonly found on Paracas burial shrouds have been incised and painted to suggest the body of a bird. Such borrowing and combining of artistic forms underscore the complex interwoven symbolism attached to all Pre-Columbian artistic production.
Early Horizon
Arthur and Margaret Glasgow Fund
Image released via Creative Commons CC-BY-NC

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