Pre-Columbian Nazca Tall Vase
Pre-Columbian Nazca Tall Vase Pre-Columbian Nazca Tall Vase Pre-Columbian Nazca Tall Vase
Pre-Columbian Nazca Tall Vase

Pre-Columbian Nazca Tall Vase

  • This rare vase is an extraordinary example of the polychrome creations of the Nazca culture
  • The Nazca were renowned for the extraordinary color and designs of their creations
  • It is believed this vase depicts a killer whale, which was respected by the Nazca
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Item No. 29-9671
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This exceptionally rare Nazca vase is exemplary of the one-of-a-kind pottery of this ancient Peruvian civilization. Using relatively simple techniques, Nazca potters were able to achieve a remarkably wide range of colors on their ancient vessels. This example is no exception. Its polychrome design captures an abstract vision of a killer whale, a creature that was both lauded and feared in the ancient seaside culture. Its sharp black outlines increase the crispness of the design, while the fact that it was painted pre-firing means that it has retained the majority of its exceptional coloration.

The Nazca culture flourished from 100 to 800 AD beside the southern coast of Peru. 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.

100-800 AD

8 1/2" high x 3" diameter
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Period: Ancient
Type:Antiquities
Depth:3.0 Inches
Diameter:3 Inches
Width:3.0 Inches
Height:8.5 Inches
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Pre-Columbian Pottery

While much of Europe was in the throws of the artistic and social decline known as the Middle Ages across the Atlantic the ancient cultures of the Americas were experiencing a vibrant cultural period distinguished by fascinating works of art...
While much of Europe was in the throws of the artistic and social decline known as the Middle Ages across the Atlantic the ancient cultures of the Americas were experiencing a vibrant cultural period distinguished by fascinating works of art...
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