Nazca Double-Spout Hummingbird Vessel


Nazca Double-Spout Hummingbird Vessel

A Pre-Columbian Nazca double-spout vessel with bridge depicting eight hummingbirds. Six hummingbirds drink nectar from two flowers. The two other hummingbirds are drinking from each spout.

Southern Peru.
Late Nazca,
Ca. 500-800 AD.
Height: 6 3/4 in. (17.2 cm).

The Nazca culture thrived on the southern coast of what is now Peru. Artistically the Nazcas are distinguished by their bold abstract designs in both ceramics and textiles. Their pottery was of fine thin walled design and was painted in as many as thirteen different colors depicting an array of naturalistic and mythological motifs.

cf.: for a similar Double-Spout and Bridge Vessel, LACMA, Los Angles, Accession # M.73.48.42.

Formerly in a New York Private collection

Inv#: 6367


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