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The imagery decorating this spout-and-bridge-handled bottle, a distinctive Paracas vessel form, narrates a mythical or ritual event. The scene features a male figure, with banded face and wearing an ornate tunic. He is surrounded by fish and an interwoven vertical motif that may symbolize water.


Possibly as early as the 1920s to the 1940s, collection of Dr. Samuel K. Lothrop (1892-1965), archaeologist, Peabody Museum of Archaeology, Harvard University; by descent through family; March 1998, sold by Skinner Auctioneers, Boston, lot 27, to Lands Beyond Gallery, New York; sold by Lands Beyond Gallery to Hy Zaret; 2008, gift of Shirley Zaret to the MFA.

Credit Line

Gift from the Collection of Shirley and Hy Zaret

Paracas, Early Horizon (late phase), 200–1 B.C.

Object Place

South Coast, Peru


Overall: 15.24 cm (6 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware with red, maroon, beige, gray and black on white slip paint




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware