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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...

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


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


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware