Bowl with Supernatural Feline Artist: Unknown

A.D. 500–650

Art of the Ancient Americas

Not on view

A familiar Nazca deity, perhaps an agricultural cult figure, stares out from this pot; a whiskered mask covers the lower part of its face. Plants sprout from its snaky body, which ends in an inverted head. Like most Nazca artists, this one did not articulate the body in space: the deity's face is frontal, but its body is in profile. The artist concentrated instead on the flat shapes of the black outlines and the overall pattern of the color, using a wide palette of clay slips, which range from yellow to violet. This precious bowl was broken and then carefully laced back together in ancient times.


Ceramic with pigment


3 3/4 × 6 5/8 in. (9.6 × 16.8 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Dr. George Kubler, B.A. 1934, Ph.D. 1940

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), 322, ill
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Object/Work type

bowls (vessels), utilitarian objects



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