Large pot showing a female holding ears of corn


National Museum - New Delhi

National Museum - New Delhi
New Delhi , India

It is polychrome painted spouted vessel with black outlines defining the Nazca style. This globular jar depicts a female figure holding ears of corn in both her hands. The base is rounded typical of Nazca style unlike flat base of Moche ware. The worship of corn was the way of life. Maize was the staple food of most of the pre-Columbian North American, Mesoamerican, South American, and Caribbean cultures. In addition to growing well in these climates, maize was easily stored, could be eaten in a number of ways (e.g. wholes or used as a flour) and had many other uses (e.g. baskets, fuel, etc.) making it an indispensable part of life. In ancient Peru, corn was everywhere as it was a staple of their diets and a key part of this civilization’s economy.”


  • Title: Large pot showing a female holding ears of corn
  • Creator: unknown
  • Date: 300/650
  • Location: Nazca, Peru
  • Physical Dimensions: h 17.5cm
  • Accession Number: 67.293

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