21 November 2006
NAZCA FIGURAL VESSEL
ca. A.D. 200 - 600
painted in cream, black, gray, orange, tan, and plum, with a prone human figure extending along the top and lying on a fisherman's net with fish projecting on the sides.
Height 5 1/2 in. (14 cm.)
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Geneva, Sun Kingdoms of the Americas, Library of the Palais des Nations, March 12 - May 31, 2001.
Amsterdam, Sun Kingdoms of the Americas, Museum Geelvinck Hinlopen Huis, May - June, 2002.
Cf. Marine Animal Forms, pg. 45
The seas and ocean have long held a place of great significance for the indigenous people of the Americas both on economic and mythical levels. The marine species represented were either exploited as food such as fish, mollusks and crustaceans; used in the manufacture of artifacts and jewelry; or were forms whose behavioral traits were used metaphorically in art and rituals.
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