3 December 2014
Thanksgiving Assignment - The Fowler Museum
The introductory film in the beginning of the gallery contextualized the study of cultural artifacts by placing them in relation to past and modern practices of both production and culture. They believe that trying to see the production methods and use of the artifacts in their own time, makes the artifacts more relatable and artistic. The film uses example artifacts, such as Japanese baskets, divination trays, and other works to help convey the impact each artifact had on it’s culture. I believe that looking at artifacts under this lens, and trying to make them more relatable, is a great way to introduce and increase interest in past cultures and these artifacts.
OBJECT/TITLE Double Spout and Bridge Bottle
DATE CE 900-1430
CULTURE/LOCATION Nasca/Chimu, Peru
SIZE W: 16.00 cm, H: 17.50 cm, D: 16.00 cm
The piece above was most likely painted and burnished in order to get the finish. The ceramic was sculpted to form the bridge between each spout. This piece was most likely used to transport water or other drinks. It also may have served a ceremonial purpose and was used as a delivery system for alcohol or hallucinogenics.
OBJECT/TITLE Vessel Prisoner
DATE CE 100-800
CULTURE/LOCATION Moche Style, Peru
SIZE H: 25.00 cm, W: 12.00 cm, D: 12.00 cm
This piece was likely burnished or mixed with pigment to create the color, while details, such as it’s eyes and ears, were incised. The piece was likely used as a ceremonial cup in order to hold the blood of sacrificed prisoners Moche culture was known to have priests and priestesses who drank the blood of it’s prisoners after a conquest or battle.
The north and south coast ceramics differ in both form and surface qualities. Southern ceramics had an emphasis on polychrome decoration, vessels with round bottoms, and double spout and bridge shapes. Materials often included...