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.