Paracas culture, Teojate (Juan Pablo), Ica Valley, Peru
Paracas VII, 600–300 B.C.
H. 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm)
Raymond and Laura Wielgus Collection
Indiana University Art Museum, 90.70, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Allen
This vessel illustrates the predilection of Pre-Columbian ceramicists
from southern Peru for decorative two-dimensional surfaces which
rely on line and color to create their images. The vessel also shows
the post-fire resin paint that is a hallmark of Paracas ceramics.
The paint originally was very smooth and shiny but also fragile,
since exposure to heat or excess moisture would cause the paint
to blister or deteriorate. The somewhat dull and powdery colors
on many surviving Paracas ceramics, including this one, is a result
of this sort of deterioration.