User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Drinking cup

Start collecting

The body of the Anthropomorphic Mythical Being, in the guise of a bird (likely a falcon), wraps around this ceremonial drinking cup. Raptorial birds were connected to agricultural fertility; they protect crops from predators and, as manifestations of the mountain gods, were associated with the...

Show Full Description

Marks

On bottom: "20," "C" (or "U"?) in black.

Provenance

Private collection, Massachusetts, by the late 1950s; to MFA, March 2001, anonymous gift.

Credit Line

Anonymous gift

Nasca, Early Intermediate Period (Nasca Phase 5), A.D. 400–500

Object Place

South Coast, Peru

Dimensions

11 x 15 cm (4 5/16 x 5 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

2001.150

Medium or Technique

Earthenware: dark red, dark orange, cream, gray, and black on white slip paint

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware