Tunic Wearing Ceramic
c.500 AD, Nazca culture, 26 x 22 cm
This personage wears a striped Tunic on a pottery canteen with tiny twin pierced handles, presumably for suspension, and a slightly flared cylindrical spout. The Nazca culture is well known for its beautiful polychromatic pottery, painted with at least 15 distinct colours. The shift from post-fire resin painting to pre-fire slip painting marked the end of Paracas-style pottery and the beginning of Nazca-style pottery. The use of pre-fire slip painting meant that a great deal of experimentation took place with the purpose to know which slips produce specific kinds of colour. Major pottery shapes include bowls, cups, vases, effigy forms, and mythical creatures. Archaeologists have excavated highly valued polychromatic potteries among all classes of Nazca society, illustrating that it was not just the elite that had access to them.