Jar featuring the Anthropomorphic Mythical Being - 958X177_5

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Jar featuring the Anthropomorphic Mythical Being

Maker: Nasca culture
Medium:Ceramic
Geography: South Coast, Peru
Date: 200-800 AD
Period: Early Intermediate period
Dimensions:
20.5 x dia. max 22.5 x dia. mouth 13.5 cm
Object number: 958X177
On view
Gallery Location:Shreyas and Mina Ajmera Gallery of Africa, the Americas and Asia-Pacific
DescriptionOne of the first figures to appear on Nasca pottery is known as the Anthropomorphic Mythical Being. Derived from earlier examples in the region, the being is usually depicted with a feline head and its body floating parallel to the service of the vessel. In less stylized forms, you can make out the clothes on a human body and the hands carrying a knife and severed head. This vessel is more stylized, featuring the feline head and a long tail decorated with heads.  Interpretations of the motif vary, but they are likely related to shamanic flight and the need to make sacrifices in order to ensure fertility on the arid South Coast.
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