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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

South America pottery

Pottery on the 3200 BC was found at Ecuadorian sites, but the style seems foremost in Peru. Here, the style of Chavín (which reached its height around 800 BC to about 400 BC), with its jaguar motifs, has managed the classical period (1st millennium AD) by one of best pre-Columbian pottery, the Mochica culture of the north coast.

Moulded chamois colored vases were painted bright red with narrative scenes; portraitlike pots were modeled in relief with great subtlety. Both had the characteristic Peruvian stirrup spout, a hollow with a handful central vertical beak. To the south of Nazca culture produced double-spouted jars with polychrome animal complex stylized motifs.

The side Tiwanaku and Inca polychrome styles very well-designed but have been less bright. Portrait bottles were unique to the Moche culture of Peru. Produced during the 5th and 6th centuries, they were generally hand constructed and used a two-color slip for the glaze. The images represented either warriors or priests. The stirrup-spout was also used on other types of jars and

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