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Paracas Cavernas Spout and Bridge Effigy Jar - K.035
Origin: Peru (South Coast)
Circa: 500 BC to 400 BC
Dimensions: 6.5" (16.5cm) high
Catalogue: V5
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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This exquisite black ware vessel is adorned with a modeled human head and the incised and resin-painted decoration typical of the Paracas style. As with much early Peruvian art, the lines between the secular world and the supernatural one are blurred. Is this individual with his boldly painted features some demon god associated with burial rituals, or is he simply a person of earthly importance? With its curious mixture of the primitive and the sophisticated, the vessel has a pleasing effect on modern sensibilities. It evokes a world at once very distant and at the same time recognizably human. - (K.035)


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