Feline Bottle

Date: 8th–10th century

Geography: Peru

Culture: Wari

Medium: Ceramic

Dimensions: H. 8 x W. 4 1/2 x D. 2 1/2 in. (20.32 x 11.4 x 6.4 cm)

Classification: Ceramics-Containers

Credit Line: Purchase, Arthur M. Bullowa Bequest and Rogers Fund, 1996

Accession Number: 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.