Bridge-Spout Bottle in Form of a Feline

Bridge-Spout Bottle in Form of a Feline

400–100 BCE
Culture
Paracas
Locale
Ica Valley
Country
Peru
bottle
Ceramic with post-fired resin paint
Funds from Mr. and Mrs. H. T. Mulryan Gift and Anonymous Acquisitions Challenge Grant
1985.313

Unknown Paracas artist, Ica valley, south coast, Peru. Bridge-Spout Bottle in Form of a Feline, 400–100 BCE. Ceramic with post-fired resin paint, 5 ¾ x 7 ½ x 3 inches. Denver Art Museum Collection: Funds from Mr. and Mrs. H. T. Mulryan Gift and Anonymous Acquisitions Challenge Grant, 1985.313.

This object is currently on view
Dimensions
height: 5 3/4 in, 14.6050 cm; width: 7 1/2 in, 19.0500 cm; depth: 3 in, 7.6200 cm
Department
Mayer Center, Art of the Ancient Americas
Collection
Art of the Ancient Americas

Feline Bottle
Paracas
About 400–100 B.C.
Peru, Ica Valley
Earthenware with post-fired resin paints
Funds from Mr. and Mrs. H. T. Mulryan, 1985.313

The Paracas culture of Peru’s south coast occupied a region that extended from the Chincha Valley to the Acarí Valley from about 800-100 BC.  Ceramic bottles with one or two tapering spouts and a gently curved handle were made throughout the region.  Ica Valley artisans specialized in bottles, bowls, and other ceramic forms decorated with incised designs and colored resin paints.  In this example, incision was used to delineate the feline’s facial features, including a wide, snarling mouth, whiskers, eyes and ears.  Circles, chevrons, bands, and an abstract profile bird’s head decorate the body, suggesting a patterned pelt.  Originally, colored resin paints gave the surface a glossy, mosaic-like surface.  But over the centuries these paints have been lost, leaving only faint residues of color.

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