Double-spouted vessel - ROM2007_9017_1

ROM2007_9017_1

Double-spouted vessel

Maker: Nasca Culture
Medium:Ceramic
Geography: Nazca Valley, Peru
Period: Early Intermediate Period (200 BC-700 AD)
Dimensions:
14 h × 19 dia cm
Object number: 952.128.6
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. R.V. Le Sueur
Not on view
Description

Agricultural fertility was perhaps one of the main driving forces of Nasca culture, probably due to the arid conditions of the environment. Most elements depicted on their ceramic iconography were animals, anthropomorphic figures, plants, or trophy heads, all of which were intimately associated with agriculture, the life-giving power of water, growth and productivity. The anthropomorphic mythical being became a prominent motif in the midst of fertility worship, as it likely represented a god-like protector of crops. This motif morphs animalistic elements into highly stylized, symbolic, and powerful spirits in nature. On this vessel, the mythical being here represents a later increasingly proliferated version that commonly depicts a line of rayed faces. Due to the clear depiction of feet and arms, it can be argued that this is a visualisation of a ritual performer dressed in ritual regalia related to fertility or harvest, as seen in the plant stalks they appear to be gripping. A form of anthropomorphic being like this may date to sometime Phase 6.


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