Vessel in the Shape of a Female Figure Artist: Unknown

A.D. 300–450

Art of the Ancient Americas

On view, 1st floor, Art of the Ancient Americas

Nazca figurines like this one accompanied the dead in graves. When wrapped in layers of fine fabrics, they resembled the mummy bundles with which they were buried. This woman holds chili peppers in her hands, a staple food in ancient times as well as today. Her simple face, with its blunt-ended haircut, reappears to decorate her knees.


Ceramic with pigment


16.5 × 13.33 × 12.05 cm (6 1/2 × 5 1/4 × 4 3/4 in.)
other: 16.5 cm (6 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of the Associates of Fine Arts

Accession Number



Early Intermediate Period


Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of records is ongoing.


  • Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 321, ill.

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Object/Work type

funerary art, human figures (visual works), vessels

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