Single-spout Bottle in the Form of a Hooded Figure (one of a pair)

Unidentified Nasca (Nazca) maker

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Early Nasca, 100-200, Dawson Phase 2

Terracotta in buff, orange, brown, black, and gray slip

Overall: 8 9/16 × 5 1/8 in. (21.8 × 13 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Frederick E. and Constance M. Landmann

987.48.26884

Geography

Place Made: South Coast region, Peru, South America

Period

1-500

Object Name

Pottery

Research Area

Americas

On view

Label

Are these figures human or supernatural? Their sharp teeth and pointed, claw-like fingers certainly seem unusual, but this could simply be a stylistic approach to familiar features or an example of a person wearing a costume. Each figure holds a pepper, wears a stitched cap, and sits with their legs crossed in front of them, all characteristics associated with the Nasca Harvester motif.

The Nasca lived on the southern coast of Peru, a region that receives as little as four millimeters of rain a year due to atmospheric conditions that make it difficult for clouds to form and produce moisture. Therefore, the Nasca utilized water runoff from the Andes Mountains to grow maize, sweet potatoes, cotton, squash, and other crops. This pairing of a bottle used to hold liquids with a depiction of a divine figure meant to support the fertility of nature emphasizes the importance of water for the Nasca.

From the 2024 exhibition Ancient Narratives: A New Look at Old Art, curated by Ashley B. Offill, Curator of Collections

Course History

ANTH 24, Early Civilizations of the Andes, Alan Covey, Spring 2014

ANTH 24, Early Civilizations of the Andes, Alan Covey, Spring 2014

CLST 12.03, ANTH 13.01, Who Owns the Past?, Julie Hruby and Jesse Casana, Winter 2020

SART 17.08, Digital Drawing, Karol Kawiaka, Fall 2020

COCO 26.01, What's in Your Toolbox?, Heidi Denzel and Mokhtar Bouba, Fall 2022

COCO 26.01, What's in Your Toolbox?, Heidi Denzel and Mokhtar Bouba, Fall 2022

Anthropology 3.01, Introduction to Anthropology, Charis Ford Morrison Boke, Summer 2023

Exhibition History

Ancient and Premodern Global Cultures, Gene Y. Kim Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 26, 2019.

Gene Y. Kim, Class of 1985, Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, February 18, 2005-January 21, 2008.

Global Cultures at the Hood: Ancient to Premodern, Gene Y. Kim Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 26. 2019.

Oculate Beings and Horrible Birds: Image and Meaning in Ancient Andean Art, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, March 30, 1999-November 5, 2000, no. 10.

Publication History

John R. Stomberg, The Hood Now: Art and Inquiry at Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire: Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, 2019, p. 75, ill. plate no. 6.

Provenance

Collected by Frederick E. (1907-2003) and Constance M. (1912-2011) Landmann, Hanover, New Hampshire, date unknown; given to present collection, 1987.

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