Detail View: The AMICA Library: Vessel with Supernatural Figures

AMICA ID: 
CMA_.1998.70
AMICA Library Year: 
2000
Object Type: 
Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Creator Nationality: 
South American; Pre-Columbian; Paracas
Creator Name-CRT: 
Peru, South Coast, Paracas
Title: 
Vessel with Supernatural Figures
Title Type: 
Primary
View: 
Full View
Creation Date: 
c. 300 BC-AD 100
Creation Start Date: 
-300
Creation End Date: 
100
Materials and Techniques: 
earthenware with post-firing resin paint
Classification Term: 
Ceramic
Classification Term: 
Ceramic
Style or Period: 
Peru, South Coast, Paracas
Creation Place: 
Peru, South Coast, Paracas
Dimensions: 
Overall: 40.75cm
AMICA Contributor: 
The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: 
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 
1998.70
Credit Line: 
Norman O. Stone and Ella A. Stone Memorial Fund
Rights: 
Context: 
Probably placed in an Ica Valley tomb as an offering, this vessel's shape suggests that it was made for holding and pouring liquids. Incised on the shoulder are two large supernatural figures who seem to be flying or floating. Each grips a trophy head with one hand, a blade with the other. The creature's back is serrated, streamers emerging from the head terminate in points or arrows, and the markings below the eyes also resemble knives. All these traits reinforce an association with sacrifice.
Related Image Identifier Link: 
CMA_.1998.70.tif