Peru, South Coast, Paracas (Cavernas) style (700 BC-AD 1)
Small Bottle with Feline
earthenware, resin-based paint
Diameter: 7.5 cm (2 15/16 in.); Overall: 10.2 cm (4 in.)
Little is known of the meaning of the beautifully abstracted felines so often incised on Paracas ceramics. The designs achieve much of their complexity through color applied as resin-based paint after the vessel was fired in a smoky atmosphere that blackened its surface. Two spouts joined by a bridge appear on many fine South Coast ceramics. The form probably had meaning, now lost.