Vessel with two spouts
Peru, Nasca culture
Unglazed earthenware, painted and burnished before firing
Museum no. C.15-1941
Given by Lady Steel-Maitland
The Nasca potters of Peru produced some of the finest ceramics made in the Americas before 1500. This piece was formed by coiling and hand-modelling. The decoration in coloured slips depicts the killer whale of Nasca myth, which embodied the power of the ocean.
The two spouts may reflect the dualist aspect of Nasca beliefs. But a second opening was also needed to allow the passage of air in pouring.