Vessel with Feline

Vessel with Feline

700 BC-1

Earthenware, resin-based paint

Diameter: 14.2 cm (5 9/16 in.); Overall: 11.3 cm (4 7/16 in.)

Gift of John Wise 1948.477

Description

Little is known of the meaning of the beautifully abstracted felines so often incised on Paracas ceramics. The designs achieve much of their complexity through color applied as resin-based paint after the vessel was fired in a smoky atmosphere that blackened its surface. Two spouts joined by a bridge appear on many fine South Coast ceramics. The form probably had meaning, now lost.

See also
Collection: 
AA - Andes
Department: 
Art of the Americas
Type of artwork: 
Ceramic
Credit line: 
Gift of John Wise

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