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Vessel with Reclining Figure and Birds

Vessel with Reclining Figure and Birds

2200 - 200 BC

Ceramic, pigment (cinnabar?)

Overall: 14.3 x 14.9 cm (5 5/8 x 5 7/8 in.)

Gift of John and Agneta Solomon 2017.55


Did you know?

The stirrup-shaped form of the spout is common among Peruvian ceramics and unique to the ancient Americas.


This ceramic vessel features a supine human being pecked by two birds that perch on the vessel’s doughnut-shaped chamber. The identity of the apparently mythical creature modeled in low relief on the sides of the stirrup-shaped spout is unknown. Little can be said about meaning beyond pointing out an obvious reference to death.

See also
AA - Andes
Art of the Americas
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