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Culture:Pre-Columbian, Nasca
Title:Bowl with anthropomorphic mythical being
Date Made:100–300; Nasca 3
Type:Food Service
Materials:Ceramic with slip
Place Made:South America; Peru; South Coast; Ica Valley
Measurements:Overall: 4 9/16 in x 9 3/16 in; 11.6 cm x 23.3 cm
Accession Number:  AC 1975.51
Credit Line:Gift of President Emeritus Charles W. Cole (Class of 1927)
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Label Text:
The anthropomorphic mythical being depicted on this vessel has the body of a snake, symbolic of crop protection and rebirth. The bowl exhibits a variety of uncommon features, including the horizontal orientation of the creature’s face and the painting of both teeth and tongue on a single figure. The face defies easy identification, although it most closely resembles that of a cat or monkey.

design; indigenous people; drinking; utensils; decoration and ornament

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