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  • Feline Bottle, 6th–9th century
    Peru, Wari
    Ceramic

    H. 8 in. (20.3 cm)
    Purchase, Arthur M. Bullowa Bequest and Rogers Fund, 1996 (1996.290)

    During the second half of the first millennium A.D., the Wari peoples, centered in Peru's Ayacucho region, dominated the south-central Andes. The Wari cultural influence was particularly strong in southern valleys of the Pacific coast, where many fine, well-preserved, and colorful textiles and ceramics are thought to have come from. This handsome bottle features a modeled feline head at the neck. It combines Wari imagery with elements of the ceramic tradition—such as the rich colors and the well-burnished surface—that flourished in the Nasca and neighboring valleys for centuries.

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    Feline Bottle, 6th–9th century
    Peru, Wari
    Ceramic

    H. 8 in. (20.3 cm)
    Purchase, Arthur M. Bullowa Bequest and Rogers Fund, 1996 (1996.290)


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