Plate showing reptiles


National Museum - New Delhi

National Museum - New Delhi
New Delhi , India

This shallow bowl painted on the inside has figures of repeated reptiles in alternate colours of yellow and brown on a white background. Outlines are done by fine brush work in black and dark brown enhancing the effect of the contour line depending on the colour of the ground. Naturally the figures are set off best against white ground . On a dark one they are blurred, giving a mysterious effect. Almost all the vessels from the classic Nazca period are polished smooth, the slip and design appearing to be the finest glaze.


  • Title: Plate showing reptiles
  • Creator: unknown
  • Date: 300/650
  • Location: Nazca, Peru
  • Physical Dimensions: h 8 x 22cm
  • Accession Number: 67.316

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