About this object


Collected by Mavis Balshaw while living near Paracas, Peru, c. 1968.

Physical description

Small stirrup spout jar. Vessel is a rounded cube with curved bottom. Top is enclosed and has a stirrup shaped handle consisting of a narrow spout at back, human-like head at front, and wide, curved bridge connecting the two. The head has a painted face with protruding nose and brown hair with a grey headband. The body is covered in a painted cloak, intricately decorated at back with a sea creature motif, and at sides with black and white checks. The front is a tan square edged with tan, orange and grey motifs. A pendant is painted at top centre.