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Nasca Artefacts

The Nazca (Nasca) culture flourished from c. 100 BC to 800 AD Created by: PICRYLDated: 2017
Cup with Spotted Face Deity
The Nasca culture (also Nazca) was the archaeological culture that flourished from c. 100 BC to 800 AD beside the arid, southern coast of Peru in the river valleys of the Rio Grande de Nazca drainage and the Ica Valley. Having been heavily influenced by the preceding Paracas culture, which was known for extremely complex textiles, the Nasca produced an array of crafts and technologies such as ceramics, textiles, and geoglyphs, often of enormous scale, called the Nasca Lines. They built a large system of underground aqueducts that still function today.
Nazca food chain was based on agriculture. The iconography on ceramics indicates a varied diet, composed of maize, squash, sweet potato, manioc and achira, and a small trace of various fish. The evidence of coca consumption can be seen through remains but also through ceramics. This is the same for the hallucinogenic San Pedro cactus, which has been illustrated in ceremonies on several polychrome pots and bowls.
From 500 AD, the Nasca civilization started to decline and by 750 AD the civilization had fallen completely. This is thought to have occurred when an El Niño triggered widespread and destructive flooding destroying fertile lands.
The Nazca culture is characterized by its beautiful polychrome pottery, painted with at least 15 distinct colors using a pre-fire painting that required a great deal of experimentation in order to know which slips produced certain colors. Archaeologists have excavated highly valued polychrome pottery among all classes of Nazca society, illustrating that it was not just the elite that had access to them.
The Nazca had no writing system so the iconography or symbols on ceramics served as a means of communication. The motifs depicted on Nazca pottery fall into two major categories: sacred and profane. The Nazca believed in powerful nature spirits who were thought to control most aspects of life. The Nazca visualized these nature spirits in the form of mythical beings, creatures having a combination of human and animal/bird/fish characteristics, and painted them onto their pottery.
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Double Spout Bottle, Nazca
Painted Jar, 6th century
Textile Ornament, 2nd century
Painted Bowl, 6th century
Painted Bowl, 6th century
Bird Ornament, 2nd century
Bottle, Fish, 6th century
Bridge and Spout Bottle in Bird Form
Head Jar, 6th century
Double Spout Bottle, Nazca
Painted Bowl with Beans
Painted Bowl, 6th century
Double spout and bridge bottle
Drum, 1st century AD
Painted Bowl, 6th century
Two Bird Ornaments, Nazca
Bottle, Drum, 6th century
Bird Jar, 6th century
Bird Ornament, 2nd century
Painted Jar, 6th century
Beaker, 6th century, Nazca
Bowl, 6th century, Nazca
Textile Ornament, 2nd century
Beaker, 6th century, Nazca
Painted Bowl, 6th century
Tall Painted Bowl, Nazca
Double Spout and Bridge Bottle with Birds
Double Spout Bottle, Feline-Otter
Jar, 6th century, Nazca
Trophy Head Vessel, Nazca
Painted jar with stripes

Painted jar with stripes

Peru, Ica Valley

Spindle, 7th century, Nazca
Bowl: Crab, 4th century
Bowl: Crab, 4th century
Bowl, 4th century, Nazca
Headband, 7th century, Nazca
Bag, 7th century, Nazca
Bowl, Warrior Deity, Nazca
Bottle, Guardian, 4th century
Headdress ornament, 2nd century
Bag, 7th century, Nazca
Pair of Spouted Bottles

Pair of Spouted Bottles

Peru, Rio Grande de Nasca

Spindle, 7th century, Nazca
Painted Bowl with Diagonal Lines
Jar, Whiskered Face, Nazca
Painted Bowl with Pointed Base
Bottle, Mythic Figures, Nazca
Jar, 6th century, Nazca
Painted Jar, 6th century
Double Spout Bottle, Killer Whale Motif
Figure Bottle, 6th century
Grotesque Figure Bottle, Nazca
Painted Flared Bowl with Deity
Cup with Spotted Face Deity
Ornamental Tassels, 7th century
Beaker, 7th century, Nazca
Bag, 7th century, Nazca

Bag, 7th century, Nazca

Peru, Rio Grande de Nasca

Sash or Headband, Nazca

Sash or Headband, Nazca

Peru, Rio Grande de Nasca

Tunic, 7th century, Nazca

Tunic, 7th century, Nazca

Peru, Rio Grande de Nasca

Band Fragment, 7th century

Band Fragment, 7th century

Peru, Rio Grande de Nasca

Fringed Bag, 7th century

Fringed Bag, 7th century

Peru, Rio Grande de Nasca

Band Fragment, 7th century

Band Fragment, 7th century

Peru, Rio Grande de Nasca

Band Fragment, 7th century

Band Fragment, 7th century

Peru, Rio Grande de Nasca

Sash or Headband, Nazca

Sash or Headband, Nazca

Peru, Rio Grande de Nasca

Hanging (?), 7th century, Nazca
Band Fragment, 7th century

Band Fragment, 7th century

Peru, Rio Grande de Nasca

Tapestry Bag, 7th century
Bag Fragment, 7th century

Bag Fragment, 7th century

Peru, Rio Grande de Nasca

Tapestry Panel, 7th century

Tapestry Panel, 7th century

Peru, Rio Grande de Nasca

Fringed Bag, 7th century
Figure Bottle, 7th century
Panel, 7th century, Nazca
Bag, 7th century, Nazca
Sash Fragment, 7th century

Sash Fragment, 7th century

Peru, Rio Grande de Nasca

Band Fragment, 7th century

Band Fragment, 7th century

Peru, Rio Grande de Nasca

Tapestry Bag, 7th century
Bag, 7th century, Nazca
Band Fragment, 7th century

Band Fragment, 7th century

Peru, Rio Grande de Nasca

Fringed Bag, 7th century

Fringed Bag, 7th century

Peru, Rio Grande de Nasca

Panel with Figures, Nazca
Fringed Bag, 7th century

Fringed Bag, 7th century

Peru, Rio Grande de Nasca

Bag, 7th century, Nazca

Bag, 7th century, Nazca

Peru, Rio Grande de Nasca

Embroidered Fragment, 7th century

Embroidered Fragment, 7th century

Peru, Rio Grande de Nasca

Fragment with Figures, Nazca

Fragment with Figures, Nazca

Peru, Rio Grande de Nasca

Fringed Bag, 7th century

Fringed Bag, 7th century

Peru, Rio Grande de Nasca

Sash (?), 9th century, Nazca
Fringed Bag, 7th century

Fringed Bag, 7th century

Peru, Rio Grande de Nasca

Tunic Fragment, 9th century
Bag, 9th century, Nazca

Bag, 9th century, Nazca

Peru, Rio Grande de Nasca

Bag, 9th century, Nazca
Tapestry Fragment with Figures
Embroidered Border Fragment, Nazca
Border Fragment, Nazca
Bridge and Spout Vessel with Duck Head
Embroidered Border Fragment, Nazca
Border Fragment, Figure, Nazca
Border Fragment, Nazca

Border Fragment, Nazca

Peru, Rio Grande de Nasca

Bowl, Nazca
Textile Ornament, Nazca
Border Fragment, Nazca

Border Fragment, Nazca

Peru, Rio Grande de Nasca

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