Jars with Face and Paddle Boards

Jars with Face and Paddle Boards

1200–1500 CE
Culture
Ica
Locale
Chincha Valley Ica Valley
Country
Peru
jar
Slip-painted ceramic
Gift of Frederick and Jan Mayer
1970.230.1-2

Unknown artist, Ica or Chincha Valley, Peru. Jars with Face and Paddle Boards,1200–1500 CE. Slip-painted ceramic, 11 ¼ x 14 ½ x 13 ½ inches. Denver Art Museum Collection: Gift of the Collection of Frederick and Jan Mayer, 1970.230.1-2.

This object is currently on view
Dimensions
height: 11 1/4 in, 28.5750 cm; diameter: 14 1/2 in, 36.8300 cm; height: 13 1/2 in, 34.2900 cm; diameter: 14 in, 35.5600 cm
Department
Mayer Center, Art of the Ancient Americas
Collection
Art of the Ancient Americas

Pair of Jars
Ica
About A.D. 1200–1500
Peru, Ica or Chincha Valley
Earthenware with colored slips
Gift of Frederick and Jan Mayer, 1970.230.1 & .2

The imagery on these large jars is highly unusual.  The jar with handles is decorated with two round human faces: each has a small mouth, stubbled chin and lip area, and one empty eye socket.  A modeled scallop shell appears above each head, and painted imagery includes seabirds and fish.  The jar without handles has three faces, one of which lacks stubble and retains both eyes.  Between the faces are painted depictions of carved wooden boards that resemble boat centerboards.  Several have been found in Ica Valley tombs, and may have served as gravemarkers.  The symbolic significance of the vessels’ decorative programs is unknown.