Chavin potters were masters of texture, making
their creations as intriguing to the touch as they
are to the eye. Here, the surface of the clay has
been stippled in irregular patterns, offering
rough contrast with the smooth spout and base
and the low relief decoration. The central
calligraphic motif, repeated on each side, is
mythological in nature, perhaps depicting a bird
god. The shape of the bottle is powerfully
simple, giving it the overall effect of sculpture. It
is amazing that something created centuries ago
should be so in tune with modern sensibilities.
We share our delight in this work of art with the
vanished culture that first shaped it.