Intersections

Artistry in Clay

The potters of ancient Peru created works of extraordinary beauty and technical virtuosity. Little is known about how such elaborately formed ceramics functioned in ancient Peruvian life. Some may have been reserved for religious and ceremonial use associated with burials. In most instances, however, they probably served a variety of household functions. Their rich and varied iconography helps us understand something of their world and suggests the importance of the surrounding flora and fauna, as well as the secular and supernatural realms in which the vessels may have functioned.

North and south coast styles differ in form and surface qualities. In southern Peru the emphasis was on polychrome surface decoration, vessels with round bottoms, and the double spout and bridge shape. Mixtures of clay, mineral pigments, and water were used to produce the various slips that so masterfully colored the surfaces of south coast vessels. In northern Peru, the emphasis was on three-dimensional sculpture, ceramic vessels with flat bottoms, and the stirrup spout bottle form. Certain features typical of north coast ceramic traditions emerged as early as 1800 b.c.e. and continued for millennia.

  • X65.10968 Prisoner vessel

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    Vessel, prisoner
    Peru
    Moche
    Ceramic
    100 – 800 C.E.
    H: 25 cm, W: 12 cm, D: 12 cm (H: 9.84, W: 4.72 in, D: 4.72 in)
    Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of the Wellcome Trust. X65.10968

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  • X72.52 Double spout and bridge bottle

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    Double spout and bridge bottle
    Nasca/Chimu style
    Peru
    900-1430 C.E.
    W: 16.0 cm, H: 17.5 cm, D: 16.0 cm (W: 6.3 in, H: 6.8 in, D: 6.3 in)
    Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Robert Kuhn. X72.52

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  • X86.2883 Effigy jar

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    Object Name: Effigy jar

    Artist: Unknown

    Culture: Early Nasca

    Place of Origin: Peru, south coast

    Date/Era: 100 B.C.E. – 600 C.E.

    Dimensions: DIAM: 33.0 cm, H: 51.5 cm (DIAM: 12.9 in, H: 20.3 in)

    Medium/Materials: Ceramic

    Credit Line: Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert L. Lucas, Jr.

    Accession Number: X86.2883

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  • X86.3700 Stirrup spout bottle, portrait head

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    Stirrup spout bottle, portrait head
    Peru
    Moche
    Ceramic
    100-800 C.E.
    H: 27.3 cm, W: 12.8 cm, D: 18.8 cm (H: 10.7 in, W: 5.0 in, D: 7.4 in)
    Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert L. Lucas, Jr. X86.3700

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  • X86.3720 Double spout and bridge bottle

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    Object Name: Double spout and bridge bottle

    Artist: Unknown

    Culture: Nasca

    Place of Origin: Peru, south coast

    Date/Era: 100 B.C.E. – 600 C.E.

    Medium/Materials: Ceramic

    Dimensions: W: 17.5 cm, H: 18.2 cm, D: 17.5 cm (W: 6.8 in, H: 7.1 in, D: 6.8 in)

    Credit Line: Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert L. Lucas, Jr.

    Accession Number: X86.3720

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  • X88.812 Stirrup spout bottle

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    Object Name: Stirrup spout bottle

    Artist: Unknown

    Culture: Tembladera

    Place of Origin: Peru

    Date/Era: 1800 – 100 B.C.E.

    Dimensions: H: 25.5 cm, W: 18.5 cm, D: 24.0 cm (H: 10.0 in, W: 7.3 in, D: 9.4 in)

    Medium/Materials: Ceramic

    Credit Line: Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert L. Lucas Jr.

    Accession Number: X88.812

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  • X88.822 Spout and bridge whistle bottle

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    Object Name: Spout and bridge whistle bottle

    Artist: Unknown

    Culture: Lambayeque

    Place of Origin: Peru, north coast

    Date/Era: 900 – 1430 C.E.

    Medium/Materials: Ceramic, organic black pigment

    Dimensions: H: 19.8 cm, W: 13.5 cm, D: 27.0 cm (H: 7.8 in, W: 5.3 in, D: 10.6 in)

    Credit Line: Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert L. Lucas, Jr.

    Accession Number: X88.822

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  • X88.823 Stirrup spout bottle

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    Object Name: Stirrup spout bottle

    Artist: Unknown

    Culture: Lambayeque

    Place of Origin: Peru, north coast

    Date/Era: 900 – 1430 C.E.

    Medium/Materials: Ceramic

    Dimensions: H: 21.9 cm, W: 12.0 cm, D: 17.0 cm (H: 8.6 in, W: 4.7 in, D: 6.6 in)

    Credit Line: Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert L. Lucas, Jr.

    Accession Number: X88.823

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  • X88.843 Jar

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    Object Name: Jar

    Artist: Unknown

    Culture: Recuay

    Place of Origin: Peru

    Date/Era: 100 B.C.E. – 600 C.E.

    Medium/Materials: Ceramic, organic black pigment

    Dimensions: H: 19.8 cm, W: 11.0 cm, D: 15.0 cm (H: 7.7 in, W: 4.3 in, D: 5.9 in)

    Credit Line: Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert L. Lucas, Jr.

    Accession Number: X88.843

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  • X90.22 Jar

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    Jar
    Peru
    Huari Empire
    Ceramic
    600-900 C.E.
    H: 31.5 cm, DIAM: 64.5 cm (H: 12.4 in, DIAM: 25.3 in)
    Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert L. Lucas, Jr. X90.22

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  • X90.488 Jar

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    Object Name: Jar

    Artist: Unknown

    Culture: Wari

    Place of Origin: Peru

    Date/Era: 600 – 900 C.E.

    Medium/Materials: Ceramic

    Dimensions: H: 21.4 cm, W: 16.6 cm, D: 11.2 cm (H: 8.4 in, W: 6.5 in, D: 4.4 in)

    Credit Line: Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert L. Lucas, Jr.

    Accession Number: X90.488

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  • X91.146 Stirrup spout bottle

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    Stirrup spout bottle
    Moche style
    Peru
    Ceramic
    100-800 C.E.
    H: 29.0 cm, W: 18.0 cm, D: 16.0 cm (H: 11.4 in, W: 7.1 in, D: 6.3 in)
    Gift of Helen and Dr. Robert Kuhn in honor of Dr. Christopher Donnan. X91.146

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  • X96.8.62 Stirrup spout bottle

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    Object Name: Stirrup spout bottle

    Artist: Unknown

    Culture: Moche

    Place of Origin: Peru, north coast

    Date/Era: 100 – 800 C.E.

    Medium/Materials: Ceramic

    Dimensions: H: 24.9 cm, W: 18.5 cm, D: 22.0 cm (H: 9.8 in, W: 7.2 in, D: 8.6 in)

    Credit Line: Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Franklin D. and Judith H. Murphy.

    Accession Number: X96.8.62

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