Bottle with Three Faces

Bottle with Three Faces

A.D. 850-1000
Culture
Wari
Locale
Peru, south coast
Country
Peru
Style/Tradition
Atarco style
bottle
Earthenware with colored slips
Gift of Olive Bigelow by exchange
1996.36
. Bottle with Three Faces. A.D. 850-1000. Earthenware with colored slips. Gift of Olive Bigelow by exchange. 1996.36.
This object is currently on view
Dimensions
height: 9.5 in, 24.1300 cm; diameter: 6.5 in, 16.5100 cm
Department
Mayer Center, Art of the Ancient Americas
Collection
Art of the Ancient Americas

Bottle with Three Faces
Wari, Atarco style
About A.D. 850–1000
Peru, south coast
Earthenware with colored slips
Gift of Olive Bigelow by exchange, 1996.36

Winged supernatural figures in running or kneeling postures appear in both Tiwanaku and Wari art as attendants flanking the principal deity.  They are represented with crowned human, bird, or snarling animal heads, and usually brandish a staff before them.  Here, the attendant’s head alone is repeated around the bottle’s shoulder.   Ears of maize in the headdress suggest an association with agricultural abundance, but small skulls painted on the spout make reference to sacrifice and death.

Exhibition History
  • "Tiwanaku: Ancestors of the Inca" — Denver Art Museum, 10/16/2004 - 1/23/2005