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Pre-Columbian Nazca Tall Cylinder

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Item Details

  • Height:
    8 1/2" Inches
  • Diameter:
    3" Inches
  • Period:
    Pre-18th Century
  • Origin:
    America
The Nazca culture flourished from 100 to 800 AD beside the dry southern coast of Peru. The culture is characterized by its beautiful polychrome pottery, painted with at least 15 distinct colors. The beginning of Nazca-style pottery marked the shift from post-fire resin painting to pre-fire slip painting.  Major Nazca pottery shapes include double-spout bottles, bowls, cups, vases, effigy forms, and mythical creatures.

The Nazca, like all other Pre-Columbian societies in South America including the Inca, had no writing system. The iconography or symbols on their ceramics served as a means of communication. The motifs depicted on Nazca pottery fall into two major categories: sacred and profane. The Nazca believed in powerful nature spirits who were thought to control most aspects of life. The Nazca visualized these nature spirits in the form of mythical beings, creatures having a combination of human and animal/bird/fish characteristics, and painted them onto their pottery.

Circa, 100-800 AD

Height: 8 1/2"
Diameter: 3"

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