Rattle Bowl with Image of Winged Creatures

Rattle Bowl with Image of Winged Creatures

300–600 CE
Peru, north coast
Slip-painted ceramic
Gift in memory of L. K. Land

Unknown Moche artist, North coast, Peru. Rattle Bowl with Image of Winged Creatures, 300–600 CE. Slip-painted ceramic, 7 ⅝ x 15 ¼ inches. Denver Art Museum Collection: Gift in memory of L. K. Land, 1991.492.

height: 7.625 in, 19.3675 cm; rim diameter: 15.25 in, 38.7350 cm
Mayer Center, Art of the Ancient Americas
Art of the Ancient Americas

Rattle Bowl
About A.D. 300–600
Peru, north coast
Earthenware with colored slips
Gift in memory of L. K. Land, 1991.492

The hollow base of this bowl contains small ceramic balls that roll and rattle when it is moved.  The scene painted around the bowl’s flaring lip depicts four bird-men hastening through a desert environment (indicated by cactus plants).  Each of the supernatural beings has human legs and an arm, combined with the head, wing, and tail of a bird.  Knee spots mark them as warriors, as do the shield and war club each one brandishes.  Battle is a common theme in Moche ceramics – both warfare between human beings, and supernatural contests. 

Exhibition History
  • “Stampede: Animals in Art” — Denver Art Museum, 9/10/2017

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