The Nazca culture was located in southeastern Peru, and thrived from roughly 100 B.C. to A.D. 600. The Nazca people produced a rich variety of arts, including metalwork in gold and copper, finely woven textiles, and ornate featherwork. The hallmark of their culture, however, is its distinctive pottery. Birds of all sorts were portrayed in great detail, from small creatures, such as hummingbirds, to owls, falcons, and waterfowl. This is a fine example of a south east coast sea bird, standing sturdily on its webbed feet, with a graceful head and long beak turned to pluck its feathers.


  • Title: Nazca Vessel
  • Creator: Unknown maker
  • Date: 100 B.C. - 200 A.D.
  • Location: Peru
  • Physical Dimensions: w5.125 x h8 x d5.5 in.
  • Credit Line: Gift of Jack D. Neal Sr. and Irene Caldwell Neal
  • Type: decorative arts
  • Medium: ceramic, paint

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