Flourishing on Peru’s south coast, the Nazca culture is known for polychrome ceramics that emphasize painted imagery—here, a feline—rather than sculptural form. This jar’s form, globular, with two spouts joined by a flat handle (the “bridge”), seems to have been developed by the Paracas culture, Nazca’s predecessor on the south coast, but it is very common in Nazca ceramics. However, unlike Paracas style, in which color was applied to ceramics after they were fired, Nazca ceramists applied colored slip before firing, resulting in more durable decoration.
Nazca culture, Peru
H. 7 7/8 in. (20.0 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 62.180