bottle - 931.11.3_1



Maker: Nasca Culture
Geography: Nazca Valley, Peru
Date: 100 BC - AD 600
18 x 16 x 10 cm
Object number: 931.11.3
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Living on Peru’s arid coastal plain, the Nasca people were obsessed with agricultural productivity and the life-giving power of water. Some of their pots depict the plants grown in the region. This bottle boasts lima beans on one side (Phaseolus lunatus). Domesticated around 2000 BC, the beans come in a wide variety of colors. Artists usually depicted multiple beans on Nasca vessels, each with the hilum clearly identified. The scar left from where a seed was attached to the pod, the hilum likely served as a symbol of the relationships between things that made life possible.

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