bottle - 931.11.4_1



Maker: Nasca Culture, Peru
Geography: Nazca Valley, Peru
Date: 100 BC - AD 600
17.5 x 14.5 x 8 cm
Object number: 931.11.4
Not on view

Living on Peru’s arid coastal plain, the Nasca people were obsessed with agricultural productivity and the life-giving power of water. This bottle comes from the very end of the Nasca culture during a period of prolonged drought and the migration of people from the highlands. Long-standing iconographic motifs were in flux, and this bottle mixes together highland and coastal designs to create a humped animal with the head and hands of a monkey. Monkeys are not native to this part of Peru, but were frequently depicted in Nasca art. This new motif built off of these earlier monkey motifs.

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