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Art of the Ancient Americas
Artist: Unknown

Vessel in the Shape of a Female Figure

A.D. 300–450

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.)
Gift of the Associates of Fine Arts
1942.44
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.
Geography: 
Central Andes, Peru
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
Central Andes, South Coast, Nasca
Period: 
Early Intermediate Period
Classification: 
Containers - Ceramics
Bibliography: 

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

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